When a high school athlete gives a verbal commitment to a school early, it comes with positives and negatives.
The positive is that a program has accepted their commitment and the player theoretically no longer has to worry about the stresses of recruiting and can enjoy their remaining time in high school.
The negatives are that National Signing Day can be a long ways away and other programs can continue recruiting that player, sometimes putting them in a position to rethink their original decision.
That very well could be the spot that Jackson McGohan finds himself in.
McGohan is a junior tight end from Miamisburg, Ohio. One week ago, McGohan announced his commitment to his hometown school, the Cincinnati Bearcats.
McGohan is a talented player and other schools are going to check and see how committed he is to play for Cincinnati.
One of those programs is the Pitt Panthers, who extended him a scholarship on Tuesday. McGohan received the news after Pat Narduzzi and Randy Bates made a visit to Miamisburg High School.
PSN spoke with McGohan on Tuesday about the offer from Pitt, along with other recent ones from Indiana, Illinois and Ohio University.
”I’m a little surprised by the continued interest but I also believe that I deserve it and have worked very hard,” said McGohan. “When I committed, Cincinnati told me that I was going to continue to receive some big offers. Every coach that has approached me knows that I am committed and have been respectful but at the same time, still want me to come play for them. Cincinnati has been good about this and hasn’t said no to me still making visits if I want to.”
Multi-sport athlete!!! pic.twitter.com/EM5hyDH9Ye
— jackson mcgohan (@jackson_mcgohan) January 9, 2022
Yesterday’s visit wasn’t the first interaction between McGohan’s and the Pitt staff. Back in October, McGohan’s and his family made an unofficial visit for the Clemson game.
“Coach Bates actually came to see me a week ago too and then came to my basketball game. Then a couple date ago, he told me that he’s be visiting again soon and would be bringing Coach Narduzzi with him. He came today and saw him briefly because of NCAA rules and after that, I got on a phone call and they told me I had an offer and they want me to come play for Pitt.”
“I previously made a gameday visit to Pitt and was able to see the facilities,” said McGohan. “Everything about it was top notch and I loved it. They now want me to get back to see the campus. The Pitt team is really, really good and are going to continue to be good. My family and I had a really good time.”
This past season, McGohan caught 47 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games. Although he believes he can block from the line of scrimmage, he considers himself more accomplished as a receiving target.
End of season highlights!!! 6’4 208 lbs Wr/TE 9 games played, 1st team all GWOC, 47 rec, 700 yards and 10 Td’s https://t.co/AJaV10KpfS
— jackson mcgohan (@jackson_mcgohan) November 4, 2021
Since he’s received permission from Luke Fickell and Cincinnati, McGohan does plan to make some spring visits.
“I don’t have any dates yet, but I will be making visits to Ohio State, Indiana, Cincinnati and I’ll be going back to see Pitt. That’s it so far.”