Pitts Says He Will Sign With Auburn

One of the state of Alabama's star athletes explains why he wants to play for the Auburn Tigers.

Loachapoka, Ala.--Multi-talented athlete Montae Pitts announced on Sunday that he will sign with the Auburn Tigers on Feb. 6th.

A 6-1, 190-pounder who was clocked at a sizzling 4.29 at the Capital City Combine last spring, Pitts told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is cancelling his final visit set for Ole Miss next week and that he plans to play for the Tigers.

Montae Pitts is a great all-around athlete who has played a variety of positions, including quarterback as a senior.

Pitts said he also strongly considered Tennessee, where he visited last weekend.

"I talked to Cadillac (Carnell Williams) last night, Karlos Dansby and Dontarrious Thomas. They told me the ins and outs. They didn't press me. They told me they felt good about the program and that we are going to be competing for the national championship. They want me to be a part of it.

"I had to think about my family, too. They only have to drive five miles and they can be here in less than 10 minutes. It is great to have that family support. Deep down inside, I will always be an Auburn fan so I am glad I am going to be able to play for Auburn.

"Tennessee was all right. For a time, I thought that was what I wanted to do--get away--but deep down inside when I thought about my mother, grandmother and all my aunts and uncles, I decided I wanted to be here."

Pitts played quarterback as a high school senior, but that is not his natural position. He said, "At first I told them receiver, then I told them defensive back and then I told them receiver again. The Auburn coaches told me I can do both. I think I can be a main threat at receiver and will have a chance to return kickoffs and maybe return punts, too."

If he plays offense, he will be playing for new coordinator Bob Petrino, who has a reputation for developing big-play receivers and quarterbacks. "I talked to him and he told me how he likes to get the ball downfield to the big-play guy and let him make plays. His offense that he runs is exciting to me. It reminds of the Florida offense. It should be pretty exciting to be at Auburn with the new coordinator and Cadillac coming back at tailback. Also is exciting is all of the good players coming back on defense."

If he plays defense, the most likely position is coverage corner. Pitts has the size, speed, athletic ability and all-around athletic ability and toughness that cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley is looking for in the secondary. Pitts has been a star athlete in four sports.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Pitts said the official visit was a great one. By Saturday night, he was strongly considering a decision to be an Auburn Tiger. "I was thinking, ‘Man, what should I do. Tennessee or Auburn? Auburn is close to home. It boiled down to a family decision. Like my mom was saying, even if I went anywhere deep down inside I would always be an Auburn fan so why not play here. I was always an Auburn fan growing up."...His uncle, Willie Pitts, has been advising him on recruiting and was a star athlete himself as was Montae's mother and many other relatives. Willie Pitts said, "The family was pleased with the visit. Everybody knew it was a hard decision, as a family, with praying and with the blessings of the Good Lord, we feel we made the best decision in the best interest for the family and for Montae. For this thing to be all over with is for the best so Montae can get on with his training and get ready for the next season."...Pitts was a regular at AU practices this past fall and said that he will be there for spring training when it gets started. He will also be running track for the Loachapoka Indians. He is the defending state champion in the 100 even though the school has no track to train on. He has run a 10.8 100 meters and expects to be faster than that as a senior. He is not playing basketball this year, but was a standout in that sport, too, and well as baseball where he hit .661, however, he is not expected to play baseball as a senior.


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