PROFILE 2003: Kirston Pittman

Defensive end Kirston Pittman of East St. John High School in Reserve, La., wants to make a name for himself in 2002.

East St. John defensive end Kirston Pittman (6-5 237) is getting a lot of recruiting attention, due mostly to his athletic ability. Although he suffered with injuries during the 2001 season, Pittman's ability has attracted college coaches from around the country. and is looking for a major rebound this year. He's and intense competitor that also has a taste for rushing the passer.

"I like to rush the passer and just get up field. But I can play the run too and I can read when it's run or pass," said Pittman. "It doesn't matter though because I'm coming full speed on every play.

"I love to make that blindside hit on the quarterback. I like to see his arms flail like that when it happens."

Of course, Pittman also Kirston draws attention because he us the younger brother  of Thomas Pittman, a high school All-American defensive lineman out of East St. John a in the mid 1990s. Thomas signed with Auburn but then decided to play professional baseball. After his stint with the major leagues was over he played for Florida and is now on the Cleveland Browns roster as a free agent.

"It seems like I'd be pressured but I'm not," said Kirtson. "I'm out to earn my own respect now. A lot of people see me as the brother of Thomas, but I'm going to get my own respect this year. Whoever's playing about me, they need to look out."

Kirston names his top five as, in no order, LSU, Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Texas.

"I want to explore things. I want to see it all," he said. "It (the recruiting process) can be nerve-racking sometimes, but I'm enjoying it. Every last one of them (coaches) I've met has made a good impression."

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