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Stallings lands a dynamic guard

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Kevin Stallings began recruiting Marcus Carr more than two years ago at Vanderbilt. When the playmaking point guard tore his ACL, Stallings and his staff stuck with him through the injury. Now, their loyalty and trust has been rewarded.

On Wednesday morning, Carr and his family called Cincinnati and a few other programs to tell them that he has decided to attend Pitt.

"For Marcus, he made the decision with his heart and instincts. We wanted him to wait and see all of the schools and not rush it," Carr's AAU coach, Vidal Massiah, told "When it came down to it, there was just the comfort level and trust with Pitt."

Carr is the second guard to commit to Pitt in this class, joining Aaron Thompson. Thompson is a little bigger and more of a setup guy, while Carr is better off of the dribble and will score the ball at a higher rate. Almost fully recovered from his ACL, Carr will give Pitt a dynamic penetrating guard next year.

"I think in a couple of years, he can be an all-conference player," Massiah said. "He will help out right away defensively and handling the ball. Coach Stallings loves him and he was a priority for them there. There is a chance to start in the ACC right away for him.

"Pitt wants him to run the point, but he can also play off of the ball. The offense is flexible and they can use him in a variety of ways. We are just happy for him. He is a high character kid that does things the right way."