Damar Hamlin was in attendance at the Pitt basketball game against NC State last night, and despite watching the Panthers play terribly, things clearly went well with Hamlin and Pitt. The Oakland Zoo made it their mission to woo Hamlin and did it by chanting things like "Hamlin Island" while Hamlin was in the Zoo and taping himself in the foreground enjoying the chant. He also retweeted a sign directed at him from the Zoo with a photo of the city landscape and with words about not forgetting where you came from. I still don't see how he doesn't choose Pitt.
Linebacker coach Rob Harley went to the home of New Jersey linebacker Elias Reynolds last night and it's looking like it's just a matter of time before the Rutgers de-commit chooses Pitt. Harley takes pride in getting linebackers that he has his hooks into so I can't see this one getting away.
Another potential flip is Virginia WR K'Von Wallace, who is currently committed to Cincinnati. Pitt offered last week and since then he also got offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Arizona. He wants to visit Pitt. He's the perfect example of a good prospect that, because he's uncommitted late, his offer list goes through the roof because of programs trying to add a specific position late.
One potential huge addition could be current South Florida commit Darnell Salomon. Rivals first reported this so I did some poking around, and this one is intriguing, to say the least. From legendary Miami Central HS, the 6'3" 210 pound Salomon was once considered one of the top 50 prospects in the entire nation. At one time it appeared that he was heading to Alabama, and he also had offers from Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Miami, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, USC, and just about every other big time program. So how is a kid this good available? Well, that's the bad news. While on a recruiting trip to Georgia he broke into a dorm room and stole a cell phone and a wallet. He denied taking anything until the phone was traced to his house in Florida. He was still wanted by Alabama, and others, until he pleaded guilty. He got five years probation and he sent a letter of apology to then head coach at Georgia, Mark Richt. It sounds pretty bad and there's obviously a lot of trepidation about getting the reputation of bringing in such players. There's a reason why Temple and Washington State are his only other options at the moment. But from all accounts he's not a bad kid and the crime took place when he was just a sophomore in high school. It's tough to turn your back totally on a kid who makes a mistake when he was just 15 or 16 years old, and that's what Pitt can sell. Along with Jonathan Baldwin, he'd be the most physically gifted wide receiver the Panthers have had since Larry Fitzgerald. That's hard to pass up, and a wide receiving class of Salomon, Ruben Flowers, and Juwann Winfree would be amazing. Then there's Maurice French who could play at wide receiver or cornerback. If Salomon no longer causes trouble, he could be the steal of the century. But if he flops, the black eye to the university would not be good. Anyway, it appears Pitt is trying to get him in for a visit.