By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pitt football team has lost one of its best young recruiters to one of their chief rivals.

KDKA-TV Sports has learned that Pitt secondary coach Jeff Hafley is leaving Pitt and heading to Rutgers.

Hafley was in his third season with the Panthers and developing into one of the best young recruiters in the country.

In the last couple of seasons, Pitt was starting to develop a strong presence in the state of New Jersey and that was because of Hafley. He was responsible for bringing players to Pitt like Ray Graham, Dion Lewis and T.J. Clemmings.

A number of the verbal commitments Pitt has received for this year’s class were from New Jersey and recruited from Hafley.

This is not a surprising move but it’s definitely a big blow to Pitt.

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