Bryson Stays With Pitt

Citing only a need to see the campus and the facilities, Jeremiah Bryson re-affirmed his commitment to the Panthers over the weekend

Jeremiah Bryson rushed for 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns this past season, helping his Smyrna Bulldogs all the way to the Class 6A state championship game in Tennessee.

Bryson, who initially committed to Pitt back in September, needed some time to get to know not one, but two new coaching staffs, after Dave Wannstedt's exit on December 7. All along—even in Michael Haywood's short two-week stint as head coach—Bryson said he would know for sure he would stick with Pitt, once he saw the campus. He had that opportunity this past weekend. Afterwards, he re-affirmed his pledge.

"I'm just happy got to come up here, just to get a chance to look around," Bryson said. "The atmosphere, I enjoyed myself. I committed awhile ago, but it feels good to see (the campus). I'm also very impressed with the facilities.

"There are a lot of good dudes up here. It felt like home. You can't go anywhere unless you feel at home yet. It's a good group of guys here."

Devin Street was Bryson's host this past weekend. During the visit, Bryson witnessed the Pittsburgh Steelers hold a pep rally at Heinz Field on Friday—which gave him a better idea of the football culture of Pittsburgh.

"We got to see the Cathedral of Learning, it was a good experience," Bryson said. "Devin Street, he told me how things ran, what to be looking for, and he showed me the dorms. He did a good job showing me around campus.

"The recruiting coach, Matt (Dudek), he's as good a recruiting coach as I've been around. It's just fun to be around everybody."

As for his favorite part of the whole weekend?

"It had to be Heinz Field," Bryson said. "(The Steelers) are going to the Super Bowl. They're the Super Bowl champions, it's their home field. It was just good to be around. I enjoyed myself all around.

"I'm impressed with how many people (Pitt) graduates. Once a Panther, always a Panther. It's great to be a part of this family with all of its history."

Bryson will sign his letter of intent on Wednesday morning around 11 am Pittsburgh time.

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