Woodland Hills (PA) defensive end Quinton Jefferson has already taken official visits to Iowa and Cincinnati. The local prospect might be getting back into it with Pitt, as director of football relations Bob Junko has reached out to him this week.
There's been a similar theme with a number of prospects either once committed to Pitt, still committed to Pitt, and others like Jefferson who are wide open. Though Jefferson went on to pursue other schools, because of a conversation with Junko--and despite a tumultuous month for the Pitt program, which has seen two coaching searches following the dismissal of Dave Wannstedt--Jefferson may be keeping the Panthers in mind after all.
"(Junko) came to the school to talk to me and Lafayette (Pitts)," Jefferson said. "It seems pretty good. He said they're trying to keep most of the good players in PA, but also build off western PA. With everything that's happened, he wants us to still consider Pitt, or at least wait until they bring a new coach in. He said he'll definitely let us know who it's going to be. I definitely want to see."
Despite all the turmoil, Jefferson is keeping the Panthers in mind.
"It definitely impressed me a little bit," Jefferson said. "Through all the bad times, they're making sure we're all right. It shows that they still care about the school, and they really care about the program through this bad time. I'll definitely keep them in mind."
Being a local kid, Jefferson had his eyes and ears tuned to all the local news surrounding Pitt's coaching search. There were numerous reports saying that Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was offered and accepted the job. Those reports proved to be premature.
"It's a possibility," Jefferson said of Pitt. "(Junko) told me to just wait and see who they bring in. If it's a good guy, then we'll see what's going on."
Jefferson played in last week's Chesapeake Bowl, with his teammate Pitts. One week after the game, Jefferson is still buzzing about the experience.
"It was a pretty cool experience," Jefferson said. "I got to meet guys like Max Issaka, Charles Davis; future teammates, future NFL players. It was a good time. You got to have coaches from all different places. Most importantly, you're playing football at a high level and having a good time."
Did Jefferson have a favorite part?
"Just being around the players," Jefferson said. "You're meeting new players and making new friends."
At this time, Jefferson says he has no other official visits lined up, and that he is hoping to take as much time that is needed to make his college choice.