Smyrna (TN) running back Jeremiah Bryson has updated us on status with Pitt.
"I'm a soft verbal right now, a soft verbal," Bryson said.
He's remained a soft verbal, but this is some much-needed good news for Pitt right now, as the University embarks on its second coaching search within a month. While a second coaching search, as well as the attention that Michael Haywood's arrest has brought to the school, Pitt is hoping to keep as many commits as possible on board. So far, Bryson seems like one of them. He also updated his official visit schedule.
"I'm going to Cincinnati on (January) seventh, and I'm going to visit Pittsburgh on the fourteenth," Bryson said. "I might also go and visit Duke. They're supposed to be contacting me this week to get that set up."
The good news for Pitt, is that the Panthers are still in it with Bryson. If the official visit goes well on the 14th, there's a very good chance Bryson will stay committed. Monday, three administrators in the Pitt football office--Chris LaSala, Bob Junko and Matt Dudek--made phone calls to a number of recruits, including a number of the prospects who initially committed to the 2011 class.
From the sounds of things, contact was made to at least set things up for either an official visit, in-home visit or both. The main thing, was to keep communication open. Whatever it was, Bryson sounded more optimistic about Pitt, despite the uncertainty in its coaching situation.
"I talked to coach Matt (Dudek), he was calling me," Bryson said. "I had a good relationship with him from before. It does help--every little bit helps. I just want to go down there and check it out."
As a senior, Bryson rushed for over 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns, helping Smyrna all the way to the Tennessee Class 6A state championship game.