Ohio DE Pittman Talks Irish, Recruiting

McKinley High (Canton, Ohio) four-star defensive end Se'Von Pittman isn't trimming his list yet, but he did talk to IrishEyes.com about six schools beginning to standout. Pittman also spoke about a recent visit from a Notre Dame coach, whether he will visit the South Bend, Ind., campus and what he knows about the program.

McKinley High (Canton, Ohio) defensive end Se'Von Pittman doesn't have a favorite school yet, but he is beginning to see clarity in his recruitment as the all-important spring evaluations continues and summer trip schedules are taking shape.

Scout.com's 10th-rated defensive end in the class of 2012 speaks "frequently" with the Notre Dame staff, and the Irish were one of six schools singled out as Pittman discussed his recruitment.

"I don't have any leaders, but I have a lot of colleges I'm thinking about taking visits to so I can learn more about them," Pittman said. "I really don't have a problem naming them. They're Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Alabama and Florida right now."

Each of the six schools offered Pittman, who said location will not be a factor. He is planning a June visit to Notre Dame's campus.

"I speak to them frequently," Pittman said. "They call my coach sometimes and I call them, and we talk a lot."

Pittman's recruiter is Irish offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who was by McKinley High within the last week to check in.

"He's a good guy," Pittman said. "I really respect him a lot as far as him being honest about Notre Dame, what my future looks like if I go there and play. I respect him a lot and our relationship is pretty good."

As a junior, Pittman made 96 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and five sacks.

"They want me to play the ‘CAT' position for them, like an outside linebacker," Pittman said. "It fits my talent because I'm a good enough player to where I don't have to play with my hand in the dirt, and I can drop back to get picks a little bit, too."

One of the reasons Pittman is eager to visit Notre Dame is to learn more about the school, to tour the campus and delve further into the academics.

"They have a very strong tradition, and I like that a lot," he said. "I watched them here and there. I wasn't a Notre Dame follower, but I occasionally watched their games. And the way they play football, they get after it just as much as the next team, maybe even better."

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