By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Paul Chryst and the Pitt football program lost two prospective recruits Monday, and oddly enough both bolted for the Mid-American Conference.

Corey Jones, a wide receiver and defensive back at Penn Hills, decided to decommit from his verbal and will play at Toledo next season, as reported first by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Jones is a speedy receiver that was highly touted, but the coaching change and subsequent change in offensive scheme ended up being too much. Jones noted less contact with the university after the coaching change as a contributing factor, along with that he thinks “Toledo’s offense is what’s best for me.”

On Monday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review broke news that offensive lineman Brandyn Cook will instead attend Miami (OH) next season. According to the Trib, Cook’s size — 6-foot-2, 300 pounds — isn’t what the Pitt coaching staff is looking for and he was told to look elsewhere.

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Despite a few players decommitting over the last week or two, Pitt is still in very good shape heading towards national signing day. Given there was a second coaching change in a year’s time, Pitt is probably farther ahead in the recruiting process than anyone could have predicted.

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