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."
A decision could come any day now
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