January 19, 2011

Pittman has an early top three

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The 2011 class saw Canton McKinley High School produce one of the top defensive ends in the nation in Ohio State commit Steve Miller. The Bulldogs are back at it again in 2012 as Se'von Pittman has the early offer list of a national level prospect. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end had a big junior season and that has led to some equally big early offers.

"I just got offered by Michigan State," Pittman explained. "Alabama and West Virginia (have also offered) and I'll be speaking to O-State pretty soon, too."

According to McKinley head coach Ron Johnson, Notre Dame has also entered the fray recently.

With the high school basketball season taking up most of Pittman's time recently, he hasn't been able to do much along the lines of unofficial visits. However, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was in on Tuesday to check on grades and to speak with his coaches. Pittman plans to get in touch with the Buckeyes' coaching staff as soon as possible as the Buckeyes are one of the top schools that the monster pass rusher is considering.

"(Ohio State) is in my top three right now," he explained. "Right now it's Alabama, Michigan State, and O-State."

For Pittman, each school in his top three brings something a little bit different to the table.

On Alabama - "It's a nice school and I've been hearing a lot of great things," Pittman said. "I need to get more details once I make my visit down there but right now I like the things that they've been doing as far as games that they've been winning and the tradition that they have. I plan on going down there this summer some time."

On Michigan State - "I know that they like to play people early," he said. "I know that they played a couple of freshmen this year and that's a big thing, I like that too. Just the fact that they decided to come down and (recruit me) that played a big part in it, too."

On Ohio State - "I like the atmosphere and the fan support," he said. "I like the things they bring to the table and I like the way they compete."

Currently, Pittman is focused on basketball as he hopes to help lead McKinley on a playoff run. The basketball season is also a great way for Pittman to stay in shape and work on his quickness and athleticism.

"It's going good," Pittman explained. "It's helping me stay conditioned and keeping my feet nice and light. It's going pretty good for me."

Once basketball is over, Pittman will sit down with his coaches and his family and decide on a plan for his spring and summer camp and visit schedule.

"I'm still waiting to see how things go as far as spring games and things like that," Pittman explained. "I'm just waiting to see what my coaches and my mom want to do."

While it's still very early in the process for Pittman, he does have a tentative plan in place for when he will ultimately make his college decision.

"I plan on getting it over with sometime next year during my football season," he explained. "Probably around the end of my senior year."


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