Sophomore Pittman Is One To Watch

Canton McKinley sophomore defensive end Sevon Pittman is poised to have a breakout season in 2009. Pittman participated in a 7 on 7 at Akron University recently and performed extremely well. Bill Greene was in attendance and filed this report on the action.

In 2008 Canton McKinley featured a sophomore defensive end who had never appeared in a varsity game, and Steve Miller had an exceptional season. Miller started every game, registering 116 tackles and six sacks.

What are the chances of ANOTHER Canton McKinley sophomore defensive end following the same path? Actually, they're pretty good.

Sophomore Sevon Pittman hopes to emulate the great performance by Miller from last year and he might have the talent to do just that.

Pittman participated in a 7 on 7 at Akron U. recently and turned heads of everyone in attendance. Pittman, 6-4 and 225 pounds, featured a combination of speed and strength that reminded observers of Miller.

"I haven't played varsity football yet, and I just played freshman football last year, so I really don't know what to expect this year," Pittman admitted. "I'm hoping to have the same type of year that Steve [Miller] had last year. I think I can get after the quarterback coming off the edge and I think I can be strong enough to play against the run too. Our coaches are working with me on getting better and if I listen to what they say things should be fine."

Pittman is also a star basketball player at Canton McKinley, but feels his future as a college athlete lies in football.

"I want to play football in college for sure," he said. "I think I can play outside linebacker in college. Last year I played at 190 pounds, so I think the weight I've put on over the off season will really help me. I've been working hard on getting stronger and quicker. I still love basketball but football is my best sport. We have a great strength program at Canton McKinley. My goal this year is to play hard on every play and do whatever the coaches want me to do."

Pittman dreams of having the type of success his teammate Miller is having and knows the amount of work needed to realize that goal.

"I want to have the same type of year Steve had last year and I want to be in the position he's in right now," he stressed. "He has all these colleges after him and I think that's really cool. I'd love to be able to put myself in that position. My coaches keep telling me to continue to focus on my grades first, then football. That's exactly what I'm going to do."

Pittman has everything from a physical standpoint to be a highly recruited prospect. He has a few schools that interest him even at this early stage of his career.

"I like Cincinnati, Ohio State, Indiana and Florida," Pittman explained. "I've been to Cincinnati for their spring game and I went to the Ohio State camp, but I didn't work out. Cincinnati invited me to come to their spring game and said they will be recruiting me. I got to meet the coaches at Ohio State during camp and that was great. I'd love to see Ohio State invite me down for a game this year. I would definitely do that."

Evaluation: I've only seen Sevon Pittman in a camp setting, not in a game, but I couldn't be more impressed. He might be slightly ahead of Miller at the same stage of development. Pittman might be a little quicker and longer, but it remains to be seen if he can play as physical as Miller did as a sophomore last year. I'm looking forward to seeing Pittman in pads once fall camp gets started.

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