Pitt head coach Jeff Capel used Saturday’s big game against North Carolina and sold-out crowd at the Petersen Events Center to host a number of recruits, as he continues to attempt to revamp Pitt’s roster with more talented players that can compete at the ACC level.
One of those was former four-star recruit and Florida transfer Chase Johnson, who was in attendance courtside on Saturday.
Apparently, Johnson wasn’t buying what Capel was selling, as less than 24 hours later, he committed to Dayton, the only other school that he’d taken an official to after deciding to transfer from Florida.
Pitt certainly could have used the 6-foot-9 Johnson, a stretch four from Huntington, West Virginia. He was the No. 85 player in the nation and No. 19 power forward according to 247 Sports when he committed to Florida in 2016.
Johnson will have to sit out until the midpoint of the 2019-20 season, unless he can secure a waiver from the NCAA. With just two players on the roster taller than 6-foot-8, Pitt certainly had plenty of playing time to offer.
The Panthers have plenty of other targets that could join the team in time for the 2019-20 season, including freshmen Karim Coulibaly, who also recently visited Pitt, Kofi Cockburn and Qudus Wahab.