A decision could come any day now

During the tenure of Walt Harris, the biggest knock on he and his staff has been the lack of local recruiting. Each year fans watch as the top talent escapes the "Keystone State".

A BCS Bowl now makes Pittsburgh an even more attractive place to be. No longer can recruits say that Pittsburgh never plays in a big game. The Panthers have received verbal pledges from two WPIAL players, and three from Western Pennsylvania; another may soon join the party.

Coraopolis (Pa.) Moon offensive lineman John Bachman (6-4, 260, 5.10) has been torn on his college choice since he made it. Indiana came forward and offered and Bachman took it. A few days before Pittsburgh had made an official offer. Bachman struggled with the choice, but eventually chose the Hoosiers. After he thought he had it all figured out Indiana decided to fire head coach Gerry DiNardo, thus complicating matters that much more.

"It was a shock to myself and my family," said Bachman "I've thought about it for a while and this just makes it easier in a way for me. I am going to visit Pittsburgh (12/17).

On Wednesday, Bachman had an in-home visit from Bob Junko defensive line coach at Pittsburgh.

"He told me the offer is still on the table, and to take sometime and think it over."

As of late the coaching position at Pittsburgh seems unstable as well, despite gaining a berth in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl the Panthers first BCS bowl the rumor mill continues to churn. Bachman like many others points the finger at the local media.

"They blame local recruiting on Walt Harris but I'll tell you and I'm sure others would as well. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Tribune-Review have as much to do with the lack of local recruits choosing Pittsburgh as anything else," said Bachman "It makes me sick, I hardly even pick up newspapers anymore."

Bachman has been contacted by the administration at Indiana and they have informed him that all the commitments that were made under DiNardo will still be honored. It may be a case of too little too late for that.

"Its tough, how can you go to a school when the new coach won't know anything about you, he hasn't recruited you."


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