Leading off today:
Canisius senior running back Qadree Ollison became the state's 13th member of the Class of 2014 to commit to a BCS college program when he announced Monday
that he will attend the University of Pittsburgh next fall.
Ollison visited the Pitt campus during Labor Day weekend and canceled an expected visit to Penn State this past weekend. He said he had a good relationship with the coaches and anticipates an opportunity to play early.
“When I went on my visit there, I’ve been there two or three times, it felt like a great place to be,” Ollison said. “I had a really nice relationship with the coaches, I had a really nice feel for the campus."
His other four finalists were Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin. Ollison can sign his binding letter of intent next Feb. 5.
One other senior on the list of New York commitments, Newburgh safety Jalen Williams, has also selected Pitt.
Speaking of Buffalo RBs: There was a great story out of State College, Pa., on Saturday, where 1973 Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti and teammates were honored as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Penn State's 12-0 team.
Cappelletti’s No. 22 jersey was retired during a ceremony, making him the first Nittany Lion in any sport to be so honored.
However, there was a detail for the legendary player and AD Dave Joyner to hammer out. You see, redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch, the former Buffalo St. Francis star, currently wears that same No. 22.
According to Cappelletti, Joyner asked, "What do you want to do? I said, ‘Don’t tear that number off the kid. Let him have it. Let him be the last one to wear it. Maybe that will give him some incentive.’"
Naturally, Lynch's debut was memorable. He rushed 13 times for 108 yards and a touchdown vs. Eastern Michigan after not carrying the ball in the opener vs. Syracuse. Lynch was almost giddy discussing Cappelletti's pregame speech to the team.
“He called me out in the locker room and said, ‘Where’s Akeel Lynch?’” Lynch said. “He said ... 'I want you to carry No. 22 for the rest of your career. Just make sure you give it back when you’re done.’”