Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Four-star Jaleel Hytchye hosts Pitt coaches
By Jared Shanker
Four-star cornerback Jaleel Hytchye (Cincinnati/La Salle) is visiting Pittsburgh officially this weekend, and he hosted two Panthers assistants for an in-home visit Tuesday.
Pitt coaches Matt House and Joe Rudolph talked with Hytchye about a variety of topics at dinner.
"It went real good," Hytchye said. "We talked a little football, about going up there for the visit this weekend, our itinerary and what we'd do. We went all over the place, to be honest. We talked defense and coverages, asked them questions about certain things -- the university, campus life."
The No. 24 cornerback nationally, Hytchye will arrive Friday for his visit. He will see a Pitt bowl practice and a men's basketball game, meet the academic staff and the rest of the coaches. He also will get to meet some of the players, as he only met a few on his first visit to the campus. He said meeting the players is what he is looking forward to most this weekend.
Rumors swirled Tuesday afternoon and evening that Pitt coach Paul Chryst would be a leading candidate to replace Bret Bielema at Wisconsin. Hytchye said the topic did not come up, although he did ask about the coaching staff's future at Pitt indirectly. He plans to talk to Chryst about it on his visit. Chryst released a statement Tuesday saying he is committed to Pitt and not looking around.
Pitt will be Hytchye's first official visit, and he said a commitment is not out of the question.
"If everything went right and felt like I wanted to commit this weekend, yeah," he said.
Hytchye planned to visit Northwestern the weekend of Dec. 14, but he said there was a miscommunication with the staff. The Wildcats thought Hytchye would be coming this weekend, so the visit was rescheduled for Jan. 11.
Arizona State wants Hytchye to visit the following weekend, Jan. 18. He is unsure if he will visit anywhere Dec. 14 now.
One program back in the running for the No. 20 prospect in Ohio is Kentucky following its hire of Mark Stoops from Florida State. The Wildcats were among the favorites for Hytchye until he saw the writing on the wall with former coach Joker Phillips.
"They made a really good hire in Coach Stoops. He's evaluating a lot of prospects and bringing in a lot of good guys, and I think I'm one of the better guys in the class with an offer from them," Hytchye said. "I'm waiting for him to give me that call and I'll talk him and see where he's at and tell him where I'm at."
Penn State and Northwestern made in-home visits with Hytchye last Thursday.