Brock Dean had been receiving Pitt interest when Dave Wannstedt's staff was still here. Then came the coaching change. As with any change, there can be a lull in communication. Once Todd Graham's staff got in place, Dean eventually saw his Pitt interest pick back up again.
"One of my coaches went down to Pittsburgh, for a little clinic," Dean said. "That's the day they started recruiting me again. Each coach recruits his own players. I understand that. They loved my film, and they wanted to get me down for a visit."
Dean already had offers from Arkansas, Temple and Maryland. When he went down to Pitt yesterday for a visit, he had a great meeting with the Pitt coaches. They wasted little time, offering the 6-1, 210-pound linebacker on Tuesday morning.
"We went down yesterday, and had a great visit," Dean said. "I only have good things to say about the coaching staff. They're great guys, really intense. The way they run things is special. I really believe coach Graham is going to be special."
Impressed with the coaching staff, that feeling only grew as he sat down to watch film with Graham and defensive line coach Paul Randolph. The coaches compared his film to some film from last year's Tulsa defense.
"I actually sat down with coach Randolph and coach Graham for an hour," Dean added. "They watched my highlight film. After we got done watching film, they showed me about 36 plays from Tulsa, how their linebackers work. It's the scheme they're bringing to Pitt, and they showed me exactly how where I'd fit in, how I relate to the players, things like that. It was a nice session."
Dean also likes the way a number of former Bishop McDevitt standouts have gone to Pitt and had successful careers, mainly LeSean McCoy and Aaron Berry—who went on to all-conference honors for the Panthers, and eventually on to the NFL. Good friend Salath Williams is currently a redshirt freshman receiver for the Panthers.
"I think what happened was, it was really becoming a pipeline for us with coach Wannstedt," Dean added. "Each coach, they want their own players. It doesn't hurt things, though. I think our coaches are getting back in touch with them. I know (Bishop McDevitt head coach Jeff Weachter) likes coach Graham. Getting down there was good. We have the same relationship with Pittsburgh."
Dean will now sit back and take a closer look at Pitt, Maryland and Temple. He'd like to make a decision before the beginning of the season.
"I really like Maryland, that's the school I've been to the most, I've spent the most time with their coaching staff," Dean said. "Temple, it's been (head) coach (Steve) Addazio and coach (Sean) McGovern. All the schools have straight-up coaches, no nonsense.
"I've seen a lot of times some kids wait around, wait for things to happen. I don't think I want to wait. People really interested in me have shown me right from the jump with my film. That's how I want to be with them. I want to make a decision before the season, take my visits and things like that. I want to go where I'm wanted. I don't want to go to a school that hasn't pulled the trigger yet. I'd like to go somewhere where I know I'll be able to make an impact on the team. That's where I'm at right now."