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Posted at 5:16 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Friendship RB Malcolm Crockett switches to Pitt

By Josh Barr

Friendship Collegiate running back Malcolm Crockett, who committed to Cincinnati before this past football season, instead will sign a letter-of-intent to play for Pittsburgh when the signing period for high school seniors begins Feb. 2.

Crockett, who is 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds, had thought he would play for Michigan. But when the Wolverines fired former coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff earlier this month, Crockett found himself with a new option in Pittsburgh, where new coach Todd Graham hired former Michigan assistants Calvin Magee and Tony Dews.

"I committed to Cincinnati and the coaches were cool, I went there and had a good time but I felt like I shot the gun a little too early," Crockett said. "After I was with the commitment for a while, I was still visiting schools and had a good relationship with the coaches at Michigan. Ann Arbor is a cool place. But the whole staff got fired and the coaches I had a good relationship with went to Pittsburgh.

"The next thing I knew, I received an offer from Pittsburgh. It didn't hurt to go check it out. I went there this past weekend. It's a lovely place, a football city, the people are genuine and the school speaks for itself."

Crockett said that the pursuit of Michigan's former coaches, now at Pittsburgh, sparked his interest.

"Even though I committed to Cincinnati, the [Michigan] coaches didn't stop recruiting me," he said. "They stressed to me how much they wanted to coach me. They didn't back out like some colleges did. They kept coming. That stood out to me. I feel good about my decision."

By Josh Barr  | January 25, 2011; 5:16 PM ET
Categories:  Cincinnati, Football, Friendship Collegiate, Malcolm Crockett, Michigan, Pittsburgh  
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