East Stroudsburg (Pa.) South cornerback Kyshoen Jarrett is struggling to accept that fact that Dave Wannstedt will not be his coach when he heads off to college next year.
While Jarrett remains verbally committed to Pitt, he said things are up in the air at this point. He knows it's probably not realistic to ask for the entire roster of assistant coaches to remain intact, but he's hoping some of Pitt's assistants stay at the school in spite of Wannstedt's departure.
"It definitely hit me by surprise," he said of Wannstedt's resignation. "I really didn't know what to think. He's a great coach and definitely a great person. Not so much as an athlete but as a person I felt like it was a great opportunity to be coached by him.
"I'm still committed, I just don't know what to do right now. I really don't know too much about what's going on besides the fact that coach Wannstedt won't be there.
"At other colleges sometimes if the head coaches goes then everybody else goes. Only time will tell. It would help if they could keep them all. That would be great. I wouldn't want to leave or anything. I'd like to see some of them stay."
Wannstedt wasn't the main reason Jarrett chose Pitt, but he wasn't certainly a factor.
"It wasn't him individually," he said. "It was definitely the whole staff. Me and my recruiting coach have a great coach-athlete relationship. The defensive backs coach is the same way.
"I was able to go out there a couple of weeks ago and really meet coach Wannstedt for the first time, person to person. I was excited to play for him."
Jarrett reiterated that he remains committed at this time but will monitor developments closely in the days and weeks ahead.