After the hirings of defensive line coach Greg Gattuso and running backs coach David Walker from Pitt, you had to hope something like this would happen – two top flight 2011 football prospects who had previously pledged to Pitt are now seriously considering Maryland.
Maryland is now in the running for both Marquise Wright, a 4-star defensive tackle, and Lafayette Pitts, a 3-star cornerback/running back. Wright has already visited College Park, while Pitts is scheduled to do so soon.
Wright, ranked by Rivals as the 69th best prospect in the country (No. 2 in New Jersey, No. 6 DT) visited Maryland and North Carolina, and says UNC is his favorite.
“As of right now they’re the favorite,” Wright said of North Carolina, echoing his thoughts from earlier in the week. “It was just a feeling I got at the campus. It was a combination of the coaches, the players and all the other people. I’m not sure what it’s going to take for another school (to overtake them), but I’ll have to get that same feeling.”
Also among his top five are Rutgers, Miami, and Michigan State. He plans to visit the latter two over the next couple of weeks.
Pitts is a three-star prospect according to Rivals, and they rank him as the 12th best prospect in Pennsylvania and the 59th best cornerback. Scout ranks him as the 60th best cornerback, but 24/7 sports ranks him as the 15th best running back. After the decommitment of Jeremiah Hendy, it probably makes more sense for Pitts to play cornerback at Maryland. Likewise, Quinton Jefferson essentially replaces the decommitment of Dontez Tyler (although Jefferson is a much better prospect).
Pitts originally committed to Pitt, but is now looking at a few other schools because of the Pitt coaching situation. He already has visited Iowa and will visit Maryland and Rutgers the next two weekends.
We’ll keep you updated on all recruiting news here, so sit tight.