Malcolm Crockett made the quick decision on what college to attend after de-committing from…
Crockett discusses his Decision
Over the weekend, Pittsburgh addressed its most pressing issue and that was depth at the running back position. Gladewater (Texas) three-star Corey Davis and Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington two-star Isaac Bennett both pledged their services to the Panthers within twenty-four hours of each other. On Monday evening, Washington (D.C.) Edison-Friendship three-star tailback Malcolm Crockett joined the mix. Earlier in the day, Crockett had decommitted from Cincinnati, before making his decision known to the media. "I was still committed earlier in the day, but the more I thought about it and I realized what a great time I had at Pitt," Crockett stated. "I was close with the coaches who came to Pitt from Michigan (Tony Dews, Calvin MaGee and Tony Gibson). I didn't know Coach (Todd) Graham all that well, but after meeting with him we had a great conversation and we connected. He is a great guy and I really feel like I can trust him with my future. "Pittsburgh is a great city and it speaks for itself," Crockett continued. "It is a football area. There is great support for the team and it is only going to get better. They share facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is only four hours from home, so I'll be close to my family and they can come see me play. I am very happy with my decision. Pitt has a great tradition in sports and academics, they provide you with the kind of support you need as a student-athlete to be successful." After being committed to Cincinnati for a while, Crockett said it really wasn't as hard as he thought it would be to call them and tell them that he wasn't coming. "It wasn't that it was hard at all," stated Crockett. "I'm not going to lie, I really liked the coaches there. They're all very good people and they treated me good. I spoke with Coach Addai today and I told him at the end of the day I need to do what is best for me and my future and he understood that." After the NFL Draft declaration of Dion Lewis and the transfer of Chris Burns and T.J. Peeler, there is only one running back on scholarship at Pittsburgh and that is Ray Graham. The chance for early playing time was part of what sold Crockett on the Panthers. "They have one scholarship running back and they need backs badly," he said. "They have got all the backs they wanted in the past few days. I have got to start working harder and get myself ready to compete as soon as I get there. They're looking for me to come in and contribute early. I know the game is going to be a lot more physical and a lot faster, so I need to prepare for that. "The chance at early playing time was a plus," Crockett said. "Knowing that I can play early for such a great program and being coached by one of the best running backs coaches in the country (MaGee), who can potentially help me make it to the NFL someday. I have been looking at some of the running backs who have come out of Pitt and there have been some great ones over the years. I think if I do my thing, then I have a chance to be in the same category as some of those guys." Crockett admitted there was a strong vibe with a lot of the recruits and current players and the new coaching staff. "When you have a coaching staff like this and you sit around with the players, you can tell they like to be around them," Crockett stated. "You can feel the energy they put off, you can tell they want to succeed and it makes you want to be a part of that. This staff has high expectations for the program and they feel like we'll be going to some BCS games. That is a good goal to have and I feel very comfortable with these guys."
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