Kevin Collier Set on Pittsburgh

Top running back recruit Kevin Collier is still solid on his verbal commitment to play football for the Pittsburgh Panthers next season. There was some doubt after Collier visited the Syracuse University campus for the SU-Connecticut basketball game last Monday.

"Syracuse is trying real hard," Collier's father, Kevin Sr. said. "The coaches sat him down and talked to him (at the basketball game), but he's still set on Pitt."

The recruit and his family are visiting the Pittsburgh campus this weekend, Kevin Sr. said.

The main advantage of Syracuse is Collier would be closer to his home town of Churchville, NY. But in the end, the Panthers were more of a fit for the 15th best running back in nation according to

"Yes, (going to Syracuse) entered his mind," Kevin Sr. said. "But his thought was Pitt has their goals set. Kevin's goal is to be ready and he wants the program to be ready as well."

The Orange's 1-and-10 opening season with Greg Robinson was enough of an indication for Collier that Syracuse is not ready to compete at a high level.

Kevin Sr. also said Syracuse coaches were inconsistent in their recruitment of Collier.

"The first visit that we went to Syracuse they didn't really know anything about Kevin because the coaching staff was new," he said. "They kind of made us feel like ‘who are you?' Then the second visit they found out about Kevin, and made him feel real good."

That inconsistency gave Collier and his family enough doubt about the Orange to stick with Pittsburgh. So, unless something unforeseen happens, in less than two weeks, Collier will sign a letter of intent to play at Pittsburgh next fall.

"Pittsburgh is a program that is ready to win now," Kevin Sr. said. "And, Syracuse is not in that category."

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