"Everything is going pretty good," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm more relaxed right now. They (opposing coaches) have kind of backed off a little bit, but I still hear from them every now and then."
Something that Pitts is already taking advantage of is the closeness to home of the Auburn campus. Using every possible free minute to make himself seen around the campus and football complex, he notes that he should have a head start on the other freshmen and newcomers when they report in August for two-a-days.
"I'm going to be at every spring practice since I'm so close," Pitts says. "I'm just 10 minutes away so I'll be there all the time. I come around twice a week now and talk to the coaches and watch film. I have a pretty good advantage over most of the other newcomers. I know most of the players and they're very excited. They're ready for me to come in and play and contribute…I'm just trying get started so I can fit in early."
Pitts takes a break during an early season game.
Another thing Pitts has done in his free time is help the Auburn coaches recruit. Friends with several prospects because of their connections to the Capitol City Combine in Montgomery this summer or recruiting visits to campuses this fall, Pitts says he has been on the phone with several trying to convince them that Auburn is the right place to be.
"I talked to Ben Grubbs," he notes. "I'm also trying to get Ben Obomanu over here. I call him every now and then, but he's been at a game or something lately every time I call so I'm going to try to call him. He's just been kind of busy with basketball. Sometimes some coaches will be over when I call so he's just been busy."
Deciding against playing basketball and baseball as a senior in order to concentrate on getting bigger and stronger, the 6-1, 187 pound athlete with better than 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash says that he is getting the workout of a lifetime from his uncle. Getting together every afternoon following school to run or catch balls, Pitts says he is getting closer to his goals that he wants to maintain during the offseason.
"I started that four days after Christmas," he says of his workout routine." "I have been running with my uncle. He threw me about 100 balls today. It's pretty tough. He ran me to death, but I've been a little out of shape since I didn't play basketball this year. I wasn't that much out of shape, but I'm getting my endurance and my stamina back."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Pitts was a known commodity around the Auburn/Opelika area heading into his senior season, but didn't become a certified blue chip recruit until his performance at the Capitol City Combine in Montgomery over the summer. In front of dozens of college coaches and many scouts, he ran multiple times of better than 4.4 in the 4- yard dash to cement himself in the minds of everyone in attendance. The average of his best hand-timed 40s on artificial turf was 4.29, the fastest in the history of the event.