Cincinnati's recruiting efforts got a huge boost on Wednesday when they received a commitment from one of the nation's top running back prospects.
Jameel Poteat, the No. 15 running back in the nation according to Rivals.com, committed to Cincinnati on Wednesday.
"Yes, I committed today," Poteat confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
"I love the coaching staff and there's a great opportunity to play. I've always liked Cincinnati. The only reason I didn't commit there earlier is because I wanted my family to be able to come see me play. That's not a big factor now.
"The coaches have told me I can probably play early. I've just got to go in and work hard."
One might assume it was difficult for Poteat to sever ties with Pitt after being committed for so long. Not so.
"Not really," he said. "They cut everybody loose (the assistant coaches) and those were the guys that recruited me. Now I want to go to Cincinnati and build my own legacy."
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound back had been verbally committed to Pitt but opened things back up when Dave Wannstedt resigned under pressure. After mulling over his options he determined that Cincinnati was his best option.
Poteat hasn't visited Cincinnati recently. He did take an unofficial visit to the school over the summer, though, so he knows what the campus is like.
The four-star prospect is the 20th commitment for the Bearcats in the Class of 2011. He is the third running back that has committed to Cincinnati.