Pittman heads to Texas, planning LSU visit

Kirston Pittman (6-5, 235, 4.5) of Reserve-East St. John is one of the most athletically gifted players in the country. He left for Austin, Texas, this morning on an official visit to the Longhorns.

A new development has come up in his recruiting saga resulting in a change of his remaining scheduled official visits. He already visited Michigan and he has trips set up for Florida State (Jan. 10) and Miami (Jan. 24) to add to the mix.


"I am visiting LSU on Jan. 31 and I cancelled my trip to Florida," Pittman told Tiger Rag. "I am still considering Florida but I want visit LSU."


Pittman has always considered LSU, but he had always implied that he did not need to take an official visit to Baton Rouge because of his numerous unofficial trips to the Capitol City. So what changed his mind?


"It is the home school," Pittman said. "It's close to home which is a big plus. I decided not to just give them a look, but I'm thinking hard about them now. If I was to play there, then my folks would be able to see me play each week and that would feel good to me."


LSU defensive line coach Lance Thompson has been handling most of Pittman's recruitment but head coach Nick Saban has taken much more of an active role lately.


"Every time me and coach (Nick) Saban visit we get closer and closer," said Pittman. "We are getting very close as I speak. I'm always talking to him and they have a great shot."


Pittman is being sought after as a defensive end or outside linebacker. He played both of those positions in 2002, in addition to spending some time at free safety. However, do not expect him to end up in the secondary at the next level.


"I did not like it (free safety) that much but it was a great opportunity because all of the coaches that came to see me play saw how versatile I was," Pittman said. "That was a big plus on my part. I made three interceptions and took one back for a touchdown but I did not like it that much. I was able to help the team while I was back there so it was all righteous."


TheInsiders.com rates him the eighth best prospect in the country among defensive ends and that is where he would like to settle at.

"I am going to gain the weight and that is what they (LSU coaches) questioned me about," Pittman said. "Right now, I am 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds and I run a 4.5-forty. By the end of spring, I will be at a 4.4."

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