Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt rankled Penn State coach Joe Paterno and former West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez when he stated that he planned to not allow recruits from the Western Pennsylvania area to leave.
Technically, Wannstedt meant he wanted every four and five-star recruit to stay near home and play for the Panthers.
Over the past three years, Wannstedt and his staff have done an excellent job recruiting locally, though no player from the Washington-Greene region has committed to Pitt. Still, many of the top players are leaving.
Most aren't going to Penn State.
And they aren't heading to WVU.
Pitt is losing the big-time guys to Ohio State.
The Buckeyes snagged Trinity linebacker Andrew Sweat with its most recent class, as well as Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor, considered by most to be the nation's top recruit.
Recently, Ohio State received oral commitments from two of the top juniors in the WPIAL.
Gateway linebacker Dorian Bell is the area's most sought-after player and he selected Ohio State earlier this week. A day later, Jeannette running back Jordan Hall said he will follow Pryor to Columbus.