That certainly was the case with the Pittsburgh staff, which liked the nearly 6-foot-4, 180-pound Devin Street so much that it offered him a scholarship. And the Bethlehem, Pa. Liberty High School senior-to-be committed Sunday after an overnight stay -- his fifth visit to Pitt -- with his mom, Ria.
"Probably the biggest thing for me is playing time,'' Street said. "I picked Pitt because I believe I can make an impact as a freshman, get playing time and even start by midseason. I talked with the coaches about it.
"The Pitt coaches, they were just amazing guys. And Pitt, I couldn't point out one bad thing. It was just amazing. I loved it, being in the city, the academics, the facilities, everything about Pitt is really great.''
Pitt tight ends coach Brian Angelichio, who recruits Eastern Pennsylvania, spearheaded the efforts to secure Street's talent. However, Street talked with head coach Dave Wannstedt, as well as wideouts coach Bryan Bossard about his chances for early playing time.
"Coach Wannstedt and I have been talking a lot, what a great guy,'' Street said. "And they all came back from their vacation to finalize everything for me (Sunday). So, it's great that they think that much about me.
"They're very interested in me. And after my mom saw the campus and learned about the academics, she said that Pitt was the place for me.''
Street noted that he had more than a dozen scholarship offers, but he didn't want to give any schools a chance make a push for him or other schools to jump into the mix late.
"When I came here, I knew that Pitt was the place for me,'' Street said. "So, I had to pull the trigger. ... There was no reason for me to wait. You know when it's your time, and I knew it was time for me to commit to Pitt.
"They're definitely on the rise and are going to be contenders to win the Big East this year. Next year, I think Pitt will definitely win the Big East, and then our sights will be set on winning the BCS championship.''
Street also liked Pitt's NFL connections with Wannstedt, offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and Tony Wise all spending extensive time in the league.
"That pro experience, you can't discount that,'' Street said. "Pitt has all the tools right now, and I know they're going to do big things in the coming years. And I wanted to be part of that.''
And the Panthers certainly are happy about that.
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