In case you missed it, it looks like the Oakland Zoo is starting a new football tradition. That tradition: having recruits announce where they will be attending school by checking off their name on a sign.
2 years ago it started with my "checklist" sign that listed the names of: Hynoski, Bostick, Jacobsen, and DeCicco while the box next to Shady's name remained unchecked until he came to the Zoo and checked off his name. Last year it was Shayne Hale. This year we have 3 new guys who have joined the tradition.
Before the basketball game today against St. Johns, word had spread that 3 star quarterback (and the guy I'm calling the savior of Pitt football) Kolby Gray decided that Pitt was it. There were also some rumors that Jason Hendricks had committed as well.
So during the game my friends (Josh and Brandon) and I held up different signs for the recruits at the game. The first being Kolby as we wanted him to make it official to the world. So to the cheers of 1,500 Zoo members, Kolby came over and placed a check next to his name letting us know in person that he would be joining the Panthers.
The next sign included several other "uncommitted" players in attendance on one sign, while the other white board read "Come over and commit now". Eventually that sign changed to "Who's next?".
As we held the signs up, Cam Saddler ran over to get Jason Hendricks. Jason came over and to cheers of the Zoo, checked his name off letting us know that he was the 2nd person to commit to the Panthers today.
Lastly, with some encouragement of Cam and the Zoo, Bernardo Nunez placed a check by his name and put on a Zoo shirt which leads us all to believe that Bernardo Nunez will be the 3rd commitment of the day.
We also saw the previously committed guys like Cory King, Will Clarke, Juantez Hollins, and others join the Zoo and cheer for a while until Bob Junko pulled them back to their seats.
All in all it was a great day for recruiting for Pitt as the basketball team added top 50 recruit Isiaih Epps to the class of 2010.
What a great day for Pitt's future.