It appears as though the Pitt staff is once again pursuing a defensive back from Ohio.
Class of 2021 three-star cornerback Tamarion Crumpley (Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, Ohio) committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers back in April but recently decided to de-commit because he wasn’t totally sure about his original college decision.
“I made that decision too quick,” Crumpley told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I shouldn’t have rushed that decision and should’ve listened to my family because they were telling me to not make that big of a decision so quick. If I did, they said in the future you’ll realize you’re rushing it and that’s what happened. I just finally realized that I wasn’t totally sure and wanted to weigh my options more so that’s why I decided to de-commit.”
Since opening up his recruitment, Crumpley has received offers from Purdue and West Virginia to go along with previous ones he held from Wake Forest, Michigan State, Maryland, Kentucky, Kansas, Cincinnati, Boston College, Air Force and a handful of MAC programs.
As far as Pitt goes, they’ve had interest in Crumpley for some time now as he received an offer from them back in February and Woods actually made an unofficial visit for a Pitt game back in September.
“Coach Bates and I have been talking for like for every three days now,” said Crumpley. “He and I have always had a cool relationship. He recruits my area so he’s been by to see me a lot at Winton Woods High School so I feel like my relationship with Pitt is a really good one. Plus, I took a visit to Pitt already which is important and could be a factor. Pitt was a nice area, had a nice campus, I saw the players and met the coaches. It was a really good atmosphere and I really liked it.
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“Coach Bates likes me because they play a lot of man and my high school team and our defense is the same, we play a lot of press defense. He told me that he likes their cornerbacks to be pressed up in the opposing wide receivers face. I can play any type of coverage but normally in a game, we’re in tight man-man coverage.”
Now that Crumpley is available again, how does he see his recruitment playing out?
Crumpley told PSN that he won’t rush his decision and the plan for now is to try and make some visits and then make a final decision following his high school season. Along with Pitt, Crumpley says he’s hearing the most from Pitt, Kansas, Purdue, Clemson, West Virginia and Minnesota.