One of Ohio's Best a Spartan

Mark Dantonio received a great Father's Day present in the pledge of Se'Von Pittman. Spartan Digest spoke with the Ohio defensive end about his decision on Sunday.

Scout.com 4-star (#11 Overall) defensive end Se'von Pittman found Sunday to be the day of ending his recruitment. When asked why today, the Canton (Ohio) McKinley product said the timing was just right.

"I was just sitting down with my parents and we came to the decision that I was going to Michigan State and play there. So I told them I wasn't going to wait and announced today."

With his surprised announcement, how hard was the overall process when looking back?

"It was really hard due to the fact there were a lot of big-time colleges and they ways they could have made me a better player. However, I wanted to go to a college where I could help them early and I feel I could do that at Michigan State. I also wanted to be part of something special and the Spartans have a lot of special things going on."

One factor that played in the Spartans favor was the relationship Se'Von built with his main MSU recruiter Pat Narduzzi. Not only did the Spartans defensive coordinator impress the player, Se'Von's mother was also on board.

"I built a great relationship with him early and my mother really liked him. She said she could live with him coaching me the next four-to-five years."

Many have asked what effects Ohio State's could see with their off field issues when it came to recruiting. Se'Von did not let the Buckeyes issues come into play in making his decision.

"Ohio State is Ohio State and going there you are always going to have great players there as they produce great athletes. But at the same time I wanted to go where I could better myself and help my team out and help out Michigan State and be a Spartan."

So what was it like to make the call to Coach Narduzzi and Coach Dantonio?

"It was great and at first when I called them both said I had given them a great Father's Day present. That put a smile on my face knowing that I really made them happy and they said they can't wait to make it official."

Up next for the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Pittman is to be a leader in help find more teammates to pledge to the Green & White.

"Right now I plan on talking with a lot of uncommitted guys and hope to help them make the best decision they can make. But at the same time I want to preach a little bit of Spartan love to them."

One thing Se'Von always remembered about his visit to campus was the feeling of love given by the coaches and fans.

"What really impressed me was the coaching staff there. Everybody just seemed so happy that I was there and the love there was great. Then going down and watching their basketball team play and the fans knowing my name showed me how the love was there and I wanted to help Michigan State."

Another factor was the type of coaching Se'Von feels he'll receive from the Spartans staff.

"Just knowing that I was going to be coached very hard and be helped to be a better player and have a chance to excel my talents was very important to me in my decision."

So how does it feel to have this behind him?

"I feel this is a great relief as I still have high school football to play and the season is just around the corner. Now, I feel I can concentrate on winning state. I've been busting my butt every day. Every time I work hard I know it is paying off. I even do work on Sundays now so I can now just concentrate on the work at hand."


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