Friday, January 25, 2013
Wisconsin product follows Chryst to Pitt
By Jared Shanker
Paul Chryst dipped back into Wisconsin for the second time this week.
The former Badgers assistant secured a commitment from Madison (Wis.) Memorial receiver Jester Weah on Friday.
“Jester is going to Pitt,” Memorial coach George Grays said.
Weah picked up an offer from Pittsburgh while officially visiting the university the weekend of Jan. 18. He already visited before, but it is a different feel on an official visit -- especially when an offer is given.
Chryst targeted the state of Wisconsin the last few weeks, offering and landing a commitment from Ocomonowoc linebacker Zach Poker, who visited the same weekend as Weah, earlier this week.
“I really like the coaches at Pittsburgh and like where they’re going in the future,” he said before his decision.
Under former coach Bret Bielema, Weah took several unofficial visits to Wisconsin in hopes of landing an offer from the Badgers. Once Bielema left, Weah’s recruitment with the Badgers tapered off and Pitt, which began heating up interest in Weah during the season, continued to increase its interest.
Colorado State hosted Weah on his first official visit, and although he had a strong relationship with receivers coach Alvis Whitted, the draw of playing at Pitt was too much.
At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds with legitimate 4.5 speed, Weah brings a different skill set to the Panthers’ class, which already has three true receivers committed, not counting athlete Reggie Green.
“I’ve coached a couple receivers who signed D-I, and I always describe a receiver who is naturally fast but it’s ugly looking, especially when you get to the bottom end. I describe that as Darrell Green-fast,” Grays said previously.
“And Willie Gault-fast, when you watch him run it’s like he wasn’t putting any effort. Jester is Willie Gault-fast.”