When a college program receives a verbal commitment from a player, that does not mean that the team is finished recruiting that particular player.
A verbal commitment is not binding until December or February when athletes are first permitted to officially sign their Letters of Intent. So until then, coaches attempt to strength their relationship with verbally committed players in order to prevent them from potentially flipping to another school.
Players entertain the possibility of flipping because they continue to get pursued by other schools despite already making a verbal commitment. Not only do these players get messages from coaches, they also are offered a scholarship, which has been happening to a few Pitt 2022 commitments.
The latest example came on Saturday evening when defensive back Ryland Gandy received an offer from Missouri. The 3-star recruit, from Buford, Georgia, committed to the Pitt program back on June 16 during his official visit. At the time, Gandy (6-foot, 170 pounds) committed to Pitt over other Power Five offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Pittsburgh Sports Now contacted Gandy following this offer and asked him if it changes anything with his commitment and he told PSN, “Yes sir, everything is still good with Pitt. Nothing has changed.”
Two other Pitt commitments that are still hearing and receiving interest from other schools are 3-star defensive end Bradley Mann (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) from Jacksonville, Florida and 3-star offensive tackle Ja’Kavion Nonar (Belle Glade, Florida). Since committing to Pitt on June 27, Nonar has received offers from both Florida and Ole Miss.