- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Chris Davis looked at his phone and saw a text message from his friend Darius Patton, a freshman receiver at Pittsburgh. It was the text Patton received from Todd Graham telling his players he resigned to take the Arizona State job.
Davis and his twin brother Demitrious (Austintown, Ohio/Austintown-Fitch) committed to Pitt during the summer and, like many of Pitt’s 19 commitments, the two remain committed. Included in that group are ESPNU 150 running back Rushel Shell and four-star quarterback Chad Voytik and four-star offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty.
“We sat down with Rushel Shell and Chad Voytik and Adam Bisnowaty from the class,” Chris Davis Sr., the twins’ father, said, “and we’re gonna stay 100 percent committed. We’re gonna keep this class together and see who comes in.”
Demitrious, a four-star athlete set to move to receiver for the Panthers, was shocked considering he was on his official visit just this past weekend. In fact, Graham and some members of the staff were supposed to make an in-home visit to the Davis’ today.
“When I was there [on the visit] he was talking about coming in early and family and loyalty,” Demitrious said. “It’s just crazy.”
During that same sitdown on the official visit, Davis Sr. recalls Graham telling the family it has nothing to worry about when it comes to his desire to stay at Pitt despite a number of his assistants leaving for Arizona.
“Four days ago I talked to coach Graham, and he told me and my wife and my sons when we sat down on our official visit that it would take a Brinks truck to get rid of me,” Davis Sr. said. “This was just four days ago.”
Davis Sr. said his sons will remain committed as they wait and see who the new coach will be. Both Chris and Demitrious, who are smaller, shiftier receivers who excel in space, hope to see at least a similar offensive philosophy to Graham’s “high octane” offense.
“I would like to have the spread offense with the new coach and have a well-known guy,” Demitrious said.
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