Cornerback Sets Provo Trip

After receiving 22 verbal commitments from recruits, BYU only has a few football scholarships left to offer. Most of the remaining high priority recruits are well known with so few spots left in the Cougars' next recruiting class. One of the prospects not often mentioned in relation to the remaining openings is a speedy defensive back from southern California.

G Pittman from Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California is a candidate for one of the few remaining scholarships in BYU's 2007 recruiting class. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound star will be visiting BYU in a couple of weeks.

G's father Greg gave the run down on his son.

"Right now he has offers from Idaho, San Diego State, UTEP, BYU, UNLV, Colorado State, and Nevada," Greg said. "He is also hearing a lot from Oregon, Arizona State, and Dewayne Walker from UCLA is also calling."

Greg Pittman played college football at University of Florida and has been coaching football for 27 years. He currently works with high school athletes as a speed coach.

This season, Rancho Cucamonga is 3-1, and G is a big part of the success with four blocked punts, 1 interception, 24 tackles and 1 rushing touchdown. Greg said that teams are not throwing G's way.

"G runs a legit 4.4 forty," said Greg. "I had a college coach come to watch him and clocked him at 4.41 three times in a row."

Greg said that G is currently in the process of cutting down his list of schools, so he can make a decision.

"We canceled a visit we had scheduled to UTEP so we could go to BYU," Greg said. "We are going to BYU Oct. 20th, Colorado St. Dec. 9th and Oregon called yesterday to set up an official visit. Patrick Chung who plays at Oregon is like G's cousin. G has seen the whole recruiting process before with all his friends, so he knows the deal, but he is excited to go through it for himself."

Averal Spicer and Terrell Thomas who play at USC went to Rancho Cucamonga as did Devin Ross, a 5-star prospect from the recruiting class of 2006 who now plays now Arizona.

"Those are his boys," Greg said. "They have given him the heads up on what to expect."

Greg said that G's game most resembles his cousin Patrick Chung.

"G's best football attributes are his field knowledge and speed," Greg said. "He knows where to be and is quick to react. He just loves the game."

When asked to compare G with former Rancho player Devin Ross, Greg said that Devin is an amazing athlete who probably runs a 4.2 forty. He said that G is not as fast, but will get to the same spot at the same time as Devin because of his great instincts and football knowledge.

G is playing cornerback and safety for his team. Greg said most teams are looking at G as a corner but some want him to play safety too. Greg also said there are a couple of Mountain West schools that want G to play rover.

The most important things G will look for on his visits are his relationship with his position coach and how he fits into their defensive scheme.

"The defensive scheme is very important," Greg said. "He doesn't care if it's the Pac-10, the Mountain West or the WAC. He wants to be on the field making plays."

"G and I were talking yesterday about BYU," Greg said. "G loves the tradition at BYU. They are stable and a perennial power. Plus, he likes the maturity of the players at BYU. They go on missions so they are more mature and focused on football. G is a settled type of guy. He likes a college that is a college town, but he's not into all the partying."

Greg will be making the trip to BYU with G. He expects G to take all five visits before deciding.

WRITER'S NOTE: I had the opportunity to view G's highlight film. Here are some of my thoughts. G is very physical; he loves to come up and make the hit. His dad Greg referred to G as "violent." I would agree. He is a big hitter. He has great speed. He is a good tackler but will sometimes go for the big hit and not wrap up properly. I think he is a diamond in the rough at this point, and once his senior footage gets out he will be getting some major Pac-10 offers.


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