Versatile Athlete is Considering the Rebels

The overall limit of 85 scholarships in football has forced coaches to look at prospects in two lights. The first is the primary projected position and the second is the potential at any other positions in the event of team needs or depth chart results at the primary position. A 6-foot-1, 223-pound athlete with the ability to project at running back or linebacker fits the bill perfectly and the Rebels coaching staff has extended an offer.

Jamal Pittman, from Columbia, Mississippi, has spent time on both sides of the football during his prep career. Currently, he is spending the majority of his time on offense and the move is paying off with gaudy statistics through the first five games. Pittman has already rushed for 1,321 yards and 19 touchdowns in the Wildcats' Notre Dame Box offense. He has also thrown for a touchdown. Defensively, Pittman is playing sparingly but has still managed to record one fumble caused, one fumble recovered, and one blocked punt. His production has produced three scholarship offers with more likely to follow.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and West Virginia have offered me," said Pittman. "I am also getting calls from LSU and Oklahoma. I‘m open because I like them all."

Pittman attended his only summer football camp at Alabama in 2000 but the Crimson Tide are not under consideration. He is planning to make unofficial visits and official visits to both Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Additionally, there are two other programs he would like to hear from.

"I plan to go to the Ole Miss/Arkansas game and the Egg Bowl," said Pittman. "That way I can see both Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I wouldn't mind at least visiting Florida or Texas but I haven't really heard from them."

Pittman also competes on the track team as a sprinter but football is clearly his first love.

"I love everything about football," said Pittman. "The discipline, the running, and the tackling is all fun to me."

Pittman has a good idea of what he is looking for when the time comes to reach his decision.

"I'll be looking at graduation rates and depth charts," said Pittman. "I plan to major in either criminal justice or respiratory therapy and a school needs to have those degree programs. I also want to be treated as a person and not just a football player."


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