Ohio standout a Panther again

Most University of Pittsburgh fans had figured this last month of the recruiting season would be interesting. The Panthers have a new coach, and new assistants. It was the old assistants who have been rehired that convinced this Ohio standout to once again commit to the Panthers.

Akron (Ohio.) Buchtel three-star cornerback/running back Bryan Williams (6-0, 187, 4.3) originally committed to Pittsburgh, exit Walt Harris, then Williams decided to commit to Minnesota. Now after an in-home visit by Panthers assistant Bob Junko, Williams is a Pittsburgh Panther again.

"I'm 17 years old, not every decision is easy when you're still a kid," Williams said. "I thought when Harris left, all the coaches would be gone, but they kept the defensive guy's."

Coach Junko visited Williams this week, and the Ohio standout explained the situation to the Panthers assistant coach.

"I thought they (coaches) were gone, so I took Minnesota up on their offer," Williams said. "Now I know the score, I want to be a part of that."

"Both schools are really nice, I can get a good education at either school," Williams said. "Pittsburgh is a lot closer, and that's important to me and my parents."

Williams was hoping to stay low-key until signing day.

Pittsburgh fans can give an assist to newly committed Duquesne (Pa.) running back Shane Brooks for his help landing Williams. The two developed a friendship during their official visit to Pittsburgh. Williams called Brooks Thursday night to congratulate him on his commitment.

"That's my boy right there, I met him and Doug Fulmer at Pitt," Williams said. "It will be nice playing with those two, Tim Murphy, Marlon Terry, and Steve Walker."

"I just don't want a bunch of people calling me, and questioning what I do. I kind of just wanted to wait until signing day and sign with Pittsburgh."

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