Pittman Names his Favorite

Fresh off an official visit to BYU, G Pittman has a good idea of how his list of favorite schools shapes up. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound cornerback prospect from Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California will make at least two other trips on his way to deciding where he will fax his letter of intent on signing day in February.

"I really like Oregon," said G Pittman. "They haven't offered yet, although they're keeping in contact with me a lot. I think they'll offer me soon. If they do, then they'll be my favorite and the school I'll probably sign with."

Pittman's offers to date include BYU, UTEP, San Diego State, Colorado State, Idaho and UNLV. Among those schools Pittman is really high on BYU having just finished up his trip there earlier today.

"BYU is a unique place," said Pitman. "It's not like anywhere I've ever been, but it's a good kind of different. I liked it there. I liked the town and how they supported BYU so much. I liked the people and I liked how it was really calm."

Pittman hung out mostly with current BYU cornerbacks Brandon Howard and Brandon Bradley. As a non-LDS member of the BYU football team, Howard gave a good window into what BYU was really like.

"Brandon Howard let me know everything," said Pittman. "He said how different it was, but how it was a great place for non-LDS people who hold the same standards like me and Brandon do. We're both devout Christians and the principles BYU and Mormons have are pretty much the same, so I know that going to BYU wouldn't be a big adjustment at all."

Pittman's trip centered on BYU's 52-7 rout of UNLV. He came away from the game very impressed.

"I like their defense a lot," said Pittman. "They gave up only one touchdown, but that was because of a blown coverage, so you know the system is good and man, that offense, I couldn't believe how fast they scored. I was very impressed with the defense and the offense."

Pittman also met with cornerbacks coach Jaime Hill along with head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Pittman had dinner with Jaime Hill while meeting with Coach Mendenhall just before he left back home.

"Coach Mendenhall just talked about what BYU was like and what would be expected of me," said Pittman. "He just wanted me to know exactly how it was and not hide anything, and I respected that. Knowing what I know about BYU, it is definitely a place I could go to."

Pittman was also amazed with how many complete strangers knew his name as he walked around campus and around town.

"It was cool," said Pittman about the numerous salutations from students and others. "It just shows how much they support the program. They know every recruit—it seems like—and are very friendly. I liked that."

Pittman has a trip scheduled for Colorado State and is in the process of setting one up with San Diego State. He mentioned that he will take his time making his decision preferring to visit most of the schools that have offered and then make his decision.

Pittman is a skilled cornerback with 4.45 speed. He considers his hip swivel and flat out speed as his strengths. He feels that he can cover most anybody one-on-one. What Pittman may be most proud of is his 96 tackles recorded a season ago.

"I'm not one of those corners who don't like to hit," said Pittman. "I'm a hard-nosed player who won't shy away from contact. I like to hit guys and bring them down, that is what makes the game fun."


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