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Will Pitt Be Able To Keep Blue-Chip DE Brandon Mack?



Back in June, Pitt had a streak of commitments like they’ve never experienced possibly ever. In a span of seven days, 12 players gave their verbal commitment to Pat Narduzzi and Pitt. One of those players was three-star defensive end Brandon Mack from Montgomery, Alabama.

Five months later, Mack is re-considering his commitment to the Panthers.

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Not because of anything Pitt did wrong or bad feelings about anything, Mack might have made his decision too early and got caught up in the wave of commitments and his official visit to Pittsburgh.

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While he hasn’t de-committed, Mack is allowing other schools to recruit him and taking his four other official visits in order to make a more thought out final college decision.

Pitt could very well still be the school that he attends but Mack wants to make sure of that.

Narduzzi very much wants to keep this talented player as part of the recruiting class and Wednesday night, Archie Collins was in Alabama to spend the day with Mack. Following the visit, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Mack to get an update on his recruitment and Pitt.

“I committed to them in the summer,” he said. ‘It was my first visit and I just got caught up and impressed with everything and I pulled the trigger quick. I loved it and I love Pitt. But later on during my season, I started to wonder if I made the right choice.”

That’s when Mack wanted to let some other schools get involved and decided he wanted to use his other official visits to experience some other programs. That’s something Pitt didn’t want him doing and told him so.

“Pitt started to push back on me about this and I didn’t like the way they were approaching me about it,” Mack said. “They didn’t want kids that are committed to still take official visits.”

After talking more about this issue, Pitt told Mack that they were OK with him visiting other programs. The reality is that if they continued their stance of not allowing him to visit other schools, there’s a good chance Mack would have de-committed.

Despite what some think, the recruiting process isn’t easy and making a final decision sometimes is even harder.

“When you pick a school, it’s not that easy. It’s a decision that’s going to effect you the rest of your life,” said Mack.

The past week has been a busy one for Mack as he’s received in-school visits from a handful of programs and made his second official visit last weekend to Missouri. Up next will be an official to Florida Atlantic. Tentatively, Mack plans on making an official to Mississippi sometime in January, which means he won’t be officially signing with anyone until February. The last official visit could go to either Nebraska or Louisville.

While fans and the Pitt coaching staff would like to see a resolution to this, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Expect to read a lot more about Mack in the upcoming months.

UPDATE (4:46 PM)-

**Tennessee was at Mack’s school today.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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