An in-state battle could be brewing over 2014 wide receiver K.J. Williams (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), but it seems as if Pitt currently has the edge.
Penn State hasn't give up on the wideout. Bill O'Brien sent Williams a handwritten letter after he impressed the staff during a summer camp, and secondary coach John Butler has driven to his high school several times already.
The Nittany Lions remain near the top of his list, but one of the reasons Pitt has leapfrogged the nearby school is because he grew up as a fan of the Panthers.
The wideout has an open invitation to attend Penn State games, and he plans to see one in the near future. He also hopes to watch several other schools up-close, including Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia.
He last stepped foot on Penn State's campus June 4, a month before the sanctions, and said the campus was basically what he expected. He didn't anticipate the sanctions, however, and said that could factor into a future decision.
"It kind of affects me because they're playing to win, but they're not playing to get into the postseason," he said. "It does kind of factor into it a little bit."
Wiliams leads his Liberty team with 16 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns this season.