2011 Intro: Brandon Pittman

RALEIGH, N.C. --- During North Carolina's "Beast of the Hill" Seven-on-Seven Passing Tournament last summer, Brandon Pittman's play earned him the tournament's Defensive Playmaker Award, as well as earning the attention of UNC's coaching staff.

Throughout the tournament and afterwards, Pittman, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound linebacker from Leesville Road HS, received a lot of individual attention from UNC's coaches, including a tour of the Chapel Hill campus.

"They just asked if I could put on some more muscle and some more weight," Pittman said. "They said ‘Make sure you have your grades in order and we'll take it from there.'"

Since then, Pittman said, the UNC coaches have mentioned the possibility of offering a scholarship. They want to see him in camp to make that determination.

Pittman plans to camp at UNC, as well as Clemson, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

Besides UNC, Pittman is receiving strong interest from East Carolina and NC State, and has received a scholarship offer from Division I-AA Elon.

"No. 1, [schools like] his numbers – height, weight, speed, strength – they all fit the college profile," Leesville Road assistant football coach Joe Kilby said. "And then they start to see him move and they say ‘Ok, this kid can play at this level.' He's very athletic and just a physical football player."

Last season was Pittman's first as a starter. Playing weak-side outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, he ended the season with 89 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He returned one of his picks for a touchdown.

"He's not just a run stopper and he's not just a coverage guy – he can do both of those," Kilby said. "The impressive thing is for his size, he can run sideline-to-sideline and make a play. So he's going to be that type of kid who makes a play all over the field."

Pittman also played tight end in a reserve role, catching three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

For his senior season, Pittman may receive more reps on offense and will be moved from the weak-side to the strong-side of the defense.

Schools are recruiting Pittman as an outside linebacker.

"Mainly [they're recruiting me as an outside linebacker] because I'm not really big, but I have speed and quickness," Pittman said.

Last fall, Pittman was a regular at Kenan Stadium. He attended home games against Duke, Florida State, and Miami. He returned to the campus in February for a junior day and plans to attend a few upcoming spring practices.

"I know I'll have a good future out of [UNC]," Pittman said. "Their football program is getting better and better. The campus is beautiful. The players – looking at them when I went to junior day – I like the characters UNC has turned them into."

Pittman is favoring UNC over NC State, a school he has also visited for games and plans to visit this spring.

"I'm definitely leaning a little more towards UNC," Pittman said. "I grew up a [NC] State fan and my whole family is State fans. But just getting to know [the staff and] getting to develop the relationship with UNC has definitely pushed my decision towards them."

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