Jeff Capel has worked extremely hard since arriving at Pitt to try and recruit top level talent to the program.
He was really close with five-star center Efton Reid and in fact, the Panthers thought they had him, but it never materialized as he ended up committing to LSU. It’s challenging enough for Pitt to try and land five-star talent but the details of this situation with Reid no doubt have the Pitt coaches more than frustrated.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that on Friday, Reid and his family gave Capel and Pitt a verbal commitment and told the Pitt staff their intentions were to sign his Letter of Intent and have it into the Pitt program by the end of the weekend.
In other words, Reid and his family gave the Pitt program the impression they were committing to Pitt and that Capel was expecting to be announcing his addition at the start of this week.
The news on Sunday night completely blindsided Pitt and had no idea that’s what Reid was planning.
Reid’s phone commitment on Friday to Pitt was of course not binding, however the lack of transparency and honesty with the coaching staff is more than noteworthy, considering the considerable time Pitt devoted to recruiting him.