Lafayette Pitts committed to Pitt back in June, and had a lot of good reasons for committing to the Panthers. As his senior season wore on, he began to look like one of Pitt's best commitments for the 2011 class--staying strictly on offense, rushing for over 1,700 yards and carrying his team all the way to the WPIAL championship game.
Pitts, despite a breakout season of sorts, remained firmly committed to Pitt all along. In fact, he still does. Pitts has scheduled official visits to Iowa this weekend, and one for Maryland next month. He still stresses that he is very favorable on Pitt.
"Pitt is still number one, I'm very much interested in Pitt," Pitts said. "I'm worried about (offensive coordinator Frank) Cignetti not getting consideration for the head coaching job. If he doesn‘t get consideration, then I need another option."
Pitts said that he will honor his official visit to Pitt, which now looks like it will take place on the weekend of January 20. The visit to Maryland will come the week before.
Iowa and Maryland were two of the schools who offered Pitts early on in the process. Over the past week, he has gradually heard more from both schools. Woodland Hills teammates Ejuan Price and Quinton Jefferson also have offers from Iowa. Jefferson is also scheduled to take an official visit to Maryland.
"It's only an option," Pitts added. "Iowa has been in contact with me, since a couple days ago. Maryland got in contact a day or two ago. We've been talking a lot since then.
"I like Maryland. I've been down there twice. I've seen the campus twice. As of what I've talked through to the coaches at Iowa, I want to see everything."
Going back to his interest in Pitt, Pitts had an opportunity to go watch the Panthers practice on Sunday. He said the team looked very focused, as they begin preparations for the BBVA Compass Bowl against Kentucky on January 8.
"Even when they were doing (7-on-7) pass (skeleton drills), there was only one pass that hit the ground," Pitts said. "They were getting at it. They were focused."
As he said, Pitts remains committed to the Panthers, and that he is only looking at his other options. He does know of one thing that will keep his mind right, but also gives him the luxury of knowing his scholarship will be honored for sure, with a change at head coach looming for Pitt.
"Giving coach Cignetti some more consideration for the head job if he's up for it," Pitts said. "He's a great guy. Anybody can talk or speak to him. He can let you know how it is. He's a great guy. Everybody deserves a chance. His chance should come now.
"I'm very high on (Pitt). There's nothing to make them higher. They're probably at the highest point I can be, but I have other options just in case."
Woodland Hills standout still has Pitt as the school to beat, but feels the need to have some backup options.