Wannstedt would go on to rebuild relationships between the Pittsburgh football program and the Western Pennsylvania coaches, strengthen efforts in the Eastern part of the state and increase recruiting in New Jersey and Maryland as well. Florida was a strong state for the Panthers, but that has waned a bit.
If things play out Pitt's way, however, Wannstedt could get the his first commitment from a player in Oklahoma. The Panthers are expected to mail a written offer soon to 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety Daytawion Lowe from Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City. The four-star athlete is the 15th-ranked safety by Scout.com and also is considered to be a solid cornerback candidate.
Pitt defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, however, is looking at him as a safety due to his size, speed (4.45), ball skills and tackling ability. Lowe has friends who attend Pitt, and they hooked him up with Hafley. After several messages, Pitt's coaches secured tape on the kid, liked what they saw.
It's a long shot, for sure, since the majority of Lowe's 15 offers are from Big 12 schools and he initially favored Oklahoma State, which offered him, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. So, the Panthers are in the race late, but since Lowe contacted Pitt there's something to be said for that.
Along with Pitt, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State and Missouri have also made scholarship offers to Lowe. Even though Oklahoma is 35 minutes away and Okie State 45 minutes, that doesn't mean any other school, including Pitt, is out of the running due to the proximity to his home.
"It doesn't matter,'' Lowe said. "It'll be about where I want to go and where I'm the most comfortable. I'll decide whenever I feel it's right. I don't plan on dragging it out or waiting. As soon as I know, I'll commit. I just want to play for coaches that I have a good vibe with. I'd also like to be in nice surroundings and a nice area that I like.''
Lowe finished his junior season with 168 tackles and three sacks. He also had four touchdowns (two on interceptions and two from punt returns). Carl Albert High School had a 14-2 record and reaching the Oklahoma Class 5-A semifinals.
Lowe benches reportedly bench presses 240 pounds, squats 385 and has a 35-inch vertical jump. He's a track athlete as well in the 200-meter run (22.8) and 400 (49.6) with a 3.8 GPA and 21 ACT score.
The following photos are from Lowe's workout at the UnderArmour-Scout.com Kansas City Combine.
Sooners Illustrated, Oklahoma's Scout.com Web site, contributed to this story.
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