State Champions Chime In On Pitt

Whoever the next coach is at Pitt, they will not only have to recruit western Pennsylvania, but the entire state. Here is a take on Pitt from a few players who captured state championships this past weekend in Hershey.

HERSHEY, Pa. - The recent departure of head coach Todd Graham has left some of the Panthers' recruits and targets in current and future classes up in the air. Three prospects, including one 2012 recruit, shared their thoughts following the 2011 PIAA championship games this past weekend.

Trenton Coles, who committed to Pitt prior to the start of the 2011 season, said he was told by Coach Junko to "hang in there and see what transpires" as the coaching search takes place.

"I'm just waiting right now and evaluating my standing to see what to do next," Coles said.

Coles' teammate, Tyler Boyd, has only one scholarship offer, and it is from Pitt. Boyd set a pair of Clairton single-season records in 2011, rushing for 2,400 yards and scoring 324 points on 48 touchdowns and 18 two-point conversions. He's been receiving interest from a number of schools, including Michigan State, Southern California, Virginia and others.

"Pitt is my only offer right now," Boyd said, "but I'm anxious to see what other scholarship offers come my way and what those programs have to offer."

In other words, Clairton's top returning player, a 2013 prospect, is keeping his options open.

Another 2013 Pitt target says he hasn't personally heard from Pitt in recent weeks. Lancaster Catholic junior running back Roman Clay, who set school records in rushing yards (1,899) and rushing touchdowns (32) said he would listen to all comers.

"I haven't heard from Pitt personally," Clay said. "But my strength and conditioning coach (at LC) has had contact with Pitt and he told me to just hang in there. I've been hearing a lot from Miami (Fla.), Rutgers and Maryland right now."

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