Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha tight end Sam Collura was shocked by the news today that Dave Wannstedt was out at Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder was the first pledge for the 2011 class for the Panthers and discussed it more inside.
"It's been a pretty crazy day," he said. "As of right now, I'm going to stand by Pittsburgh as far as I know until I see them change any of the staff.
"My recruiter Scott Turner and the tight end coach have a great bond. Coach Wannstedt was a big part of my recruitment, but I have a closer bond with some of the assistant coaches. They are having a meeting down at Pittsburgh tomorrow.
"I was supposed to have an in-home visit with Coach Turner today, but they're rescheduling. I know other commitments feel the same way I do. As of now I'm standing by and wanting to see how it plays out. I'm sitting still for now."
With that, Collura discussed what is making him stick with Pittsburgh.
"There is a great pipeline from DeMatha to Pittsburgh," he said. "Shane Johnson is there. I've been committed since last February. Mike Crus is there too. I still like their philosophy and I have a great relationship with them. I like the tradition of the program, the city itself and they've got great fan support."
Already other schools are in touch.
"As of right now I got a couple calls today from Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, but that's about it," he said. "I told them I am sticking with Pittsburgh for now, but I'd let them know if anything changes."
Collura was planning to take his official to Pittsburgh on January 7th, but since Pittsburgh has a bowl game on the eighth he is looking to move it to the 14th now.
Playing both ways, Collura posted four sacks on the year for DeMatha.
"I did pretty well," he said. "I didn't really get too many receptions this year. I hurt my knee in week two and was out two weeks.
"I helped pave the way on the right side with Cyrus (Kouandjio). I definitely improved this year. The game slowed down and I just felt stronger and faster."