Pittman announces decision

The Volunteer State continues to be kind to Navy football. Brentwood Academy's Jackson Pittman announced his decision to commit to the United States Naval Academy via his Twitter account on Tuesday morning making him the fourth Nashville-area player to join Navy's 2015 class.

GoMids.com spoke with Pittman, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman, on why he chose the Midshipmen.

"I took my official (visit) to Navy on January 9th and absolutely loved it," Pittman said. "I thought about the Academy all day long on Monday when I was pondering my decision. I loved the campus, the coaches, the players. I really thought a lot about how caring the coaching staff is and happy I'd be to play for Coach Ken (Niumatalolo). After praying about it, I felt like committing to Navy was the right thing to do.

"I wanted to play football at the FBS level. Navy was my only big FBS offer and I wanted to compete against the top-level schools Navy plays every year. As far as athletic facilities go, Navy is creeping up on the SEC and the Big Ten with everything they have on campus.

"I also thought about my life as a Naval officer. It's definitely something I can be proud of to serve my country and, in turn, be set up for good job opportunities to care for a family. That's what really caught my eye. I'm not sure very many, if any, can promise what Navy is able to, like a full-time job right out of college."

Pittman had a long list of senior accolades at Brentwood Academy, near Nashville, which included Mr. Football Lineman of the Year finalist, first-team All-State, All-Mid-State, and All-Region. He was a four-year starter at offensive line, this year at center, and a three-year starter at defensive tackle.

"Navy recruited me at center or (offensive) guard but definitely said defense was an option," he said. "They said it could be my decision on which side of the ball I'll be on. They said that I'm a physical player, a determined finisher, and also a leader. That was one thing they really liked about me. that I'm not afraid to take someone under my wing and lead them in the right direction both on and off the field. They said it's a quality all Midshipmen should have.

"I'll be going to NAPS. I might be able to go direct but I'll probably stay with going to Prep first. I'll be talking more about that with the coaches soon.

"I'm very excited about making my commitment. I'm happy, thankful, and consider it such a great blessing."

Pittman anchored the Brentwood Academy offensive line in 2014, leading the Eagles to an 8-3 record and a Division II-AA quarterfinal appearance. On defense, where he received most of his post-season recognition, he made 37 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.

Other Nashville-based recruits to commit to Navy in this year's recruiting cycle are Andrew Wood (Friendship Christian), Quenton Hardy (Blackman) and Jackson Mitchell (Lipscomb Academy).

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