Maryland offers Pittman

The Maryland Terrapins extended a preferred walk-on offer to OT Derek Pittman.

The University of Maryland recently extended an offer to local senior offensive tackle Derek Pittman, who was at Byrd Stadium for the Terrapins’ 42-28 victory over Florida International Sept. 25.

“I loved it,” Pittman said. “It was awesome. They have a huge stadium, a lot of fans and the players were really exciting to watch.”

Pittman, who is listed on as 6 feet 4 and a half inches tall and 275 pounds, was offered a spot as a preferred walk-on. As such, he would be accepted to the University of Maryland and have a spot on the team, but would not receive the financial benefits that a scholarship athlete would.

“It’s looking like a strong opportunity,” Pittman, who attends St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md. said. “I’m a huge fan of Maryland.”

During his visit, Pittman had the opportunity to take a look at what the future may very well have in store for him.

“It was great,” he said. “They gave me a tour of the facilities and I met with Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Ryan) Steinberg.”

Pittman said he paid close attention to the offensive line as he watched the game, one in which Maryland posted 419 yards of total offense.

“Their offensive line is really, really good,” he said. “They’re a whole step above high school football. It’s just really different.”

While Maryland seems to be the front-runner for Pittman, he said he is also in contact with Holy Cross and waiting to hear from Boston College and some Division I-AA teams. A decision will most likely come before the end of the year.

“(Maryland) said I had to decide before February, so I’ll probably try to decide by mid-December,” he said.

The Terps had a chance to leave an impression on Pittman during his visit as he had the opportunity to speak with Head Coach Ralph Friedgen.

“I was kind of star-struck,” Pittman said.

As his decision nears and his high school season continues, Pittman said he is trying to become a better player so he can make an immediate impact in college.

“I want to improve my strength and agility,” he said. “I just want to become a better player so I can contribute as soon as possible.”

He said he’s “not the strongest or the fastest,” but cited his technique as his most valuable asset.

If he decides to take Maryland’s preferred walk-on offer, he will have to take that technique and try to turn Friedgen into the star-struck one.

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