Even a recent solid get by the team can't quench the feeling of a slow recruiting season thus far. Wannstedt, though, seemed quick to squash the talk about a down period:
"Wannstedt said he's confident the Panthers will have a great recruiting class by February. This week, the Panthers will hold two more prospect camps and he expects the total number of players to come through to be about 650, which is far more than they have had in the past.
"If you think about, we had about 50 or 60 kids at our prospect camps," Wannstedt said.
"So we're making a lot of progress in that area. And at this point, we are way ahead in recruiting than we have been -- at this point the last few years there were probably 40 kids I was comfortable offering a scholarship to -- right now, I'd say we are at about 75.
"We are further ahead with quality names at every position and more players come through here than at any point since I have been here. We're banging heads with the top programs for kids and there will be some wins and losses. We believe we have the best program in the country, but it may not be for everyone.
"But we're going to get our share of guys, and they are going to be great players who are going to be excited about winning and being a part of Pitt football."
I'm not buying that talk so quickly. It may be early, but other teams have managed to beat us out of not only some good talent, but talent that was expected to come here. Pitt still has a lot of work to do.
Getting Knox when he had offers from a host of teams including PSU and Michigan was a huge get...especially after the other losses a few weeks ago.