Wide Receiver Leaning Towards Tigers

This standout receiver says the Tigers are the team to beat for his services.

Loachapoka, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers appear to be closing in on one of the top prospects in the state as wide receiver Montae Pitts from nearby Loachapoaka High School says that the Tigers are easily the leader for his services at the moment.

"I'm actually from Auburn," he notes. "I lived probably a mile from the stadium growing up so I used to come to the games all the time. I grew up an Auburn fan and about all I know is Auburn. I kind of want to stay close to home and my family, most of them are Auburn fans. I don't think it would be right for me to go to Bama, but it's my decision. I would just rather be an Auburn Tiger."

While it sounds cut-and-dried that Pitts will be a Tiger when February rolls around, it's not quite official just yet. The speedy wide receiver says that he still has visits set up for Virginia Tech (Dec. 1), Tennessee (Dec. 15) and Florida (Jan. 19) in addition to his visit to Auburn on January 12 and all are still in the running for his services. However, the draw of staying close to home and playing with a new-found friend may be too strong for Pitts to ignore.

Making the summer camp circuit this past July, Pitts became friends with a wide receiver from Selma High School who was also being recruited by schools all over the South. Now months later, Pitts says the two still talk at least once a week and have talked about playing for the same school in college. That school could just be Auburn as the Tiger offense has begun to resemble one that Pitts would love to play in.

"They (Auburn coaches) talked to me during the camp about how they wanted to spread it out with a guy like me," Pitts says. "They are also trying to recruit Ben (Obomanu) from Selma and if we come we'll be a dangerous one-two combination. I talked to him at the homecoming game (Louisiana Tech) and I think he's leaning towards Auburn. I'll probably give him a call sometime this week."

Pitts is considered the fastest player in the state of Alabama this season.

Playing on a team filled with mostly 8th and 9th grade players, Pitts says he is disappointed that the Indians didn't make the state playoffs in his senior year. Finishing the season with a 4-6 record, Loachapoaka did close out the season in fine fashion Friday night thanks to the play of Pitts. In beating Lyman Ward Military Academy 28-22, the 6-1, 187-pounder with better than 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash accounted for four touchdowns (one receiving, two passing and one rushing) on offense and also had an interception and 15 tackles from his free safety spot.

Finished with his football season, Pitts now turns his attention to basketball as the Indians begin practice on Monday for this season. Splitting his time between point guard and two-guard for his career, he says that he will likely play the small forward position this season. Also an outstanding baseball player, Pitts is considered one of the top pitchers in East Alabama in addition to his duties as a center fielder.

Tiger Ticket Extra: A frequent visitor to the Auburn practice fields, Pitts already has a good idea of what to expect from Auburn practices should he decide to become a Tiger. With a good relationship with Tommy Tuberville and wide receiver coach Greg Knox, don't be surprised to see Pitts become a big advantage for the Tigers during this recruiting season, spreading the pluses of Auburn football to anyone who will listen.


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