So far, so good for Lafayette Pitts at the Chesapeake Bowl. Pitts will be lining up at corner and at running back in tonight's bowl game. In addition to tonight, as he re-opens his recruitment a bit, he is taking a good look at the possibility of playing offense in college.
"Some schools, they're giving me the option that I could play offense or defense," Pitts said. "Maryland is a team. They want me to play running back, a little bit of slot receiver; motion me out--use me as a receiver and a running back at the same time. Other than that, some schools want me for corner, some schools are saying I can play either/or, and just let them know which one I want to play."
A couple of weeks ago, Pitts told Panther Digest that he was going to take additional official visits. He did take his official visit to Iowa. He will visit Maryland in a couple weeks (January 14) and will add an additional visit to Rutgers (January 21). Pitt is slated for an official visit on January 28.
How serious is the re-opening of his recruitment?
"Really serious," Pitts answered.
Does that mean Pitt is still in it?
"Kind of, but I'm just taking it day-by-day," Pitts said. "But, everybody else is in the picture too."
He did say there was one thing that would keep him committed to Pitt. It does sound like a simple thing, and wasn't based on whether he could play offense or defense in college. It seems that Pitts just has to feel at home, just as he did with the previous coaching staff.
"Just getting to know the new coaching staff," "Pitts said. "I talked to Coach Haywood. I haven't talked to any of his assistants yet. I talked to him last Sunday. We haven't talked about my plan yet. I was just getting to know him. He was just getting to know me. He's supposed to be coming to my house the week we go back to school. I'll know more then."
Pitts, who has opened his sophomore season in Texas Stadium against Justin (TX) Northwest, his junior season against Steubenville (OH) and his senior year against Manatee (FL), he is used to seeing top competition. Aside for his regular conference slate which includes tough games such as Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Penn Hills every year. He does feel practicing for the Chesapeake Bowl this past week, that the competition level is a bit higher.
"When you play at home, you don't have everybody who has the same skill level as you," Pitts said. "Sometimes you slack, or this or that. Here, you have to bring it every play, every down, just because everybody is just as good as you. If you don't show them what you can do, you can just be behind the next person (on the depth chart)."
Last year, Pitts helped Woodland Hills to a win over Gateway in the 2009 WPIAL Championship game at Heinz Field. Both Gateway and Woodland Hills have been perennial Quad-A powers for years, but he said this week has been especially rewarding in getting a chance to become closer friends with Dondi Kirby and Armstead Williams. Kirby recently committed to Illinois.
Though both respective schools are bitter rivals, Pitts says off the field, its players are pretty good friends.
"When we're playing each other, it's a rivalry," Pitts said. "Here, we're all chilling. We're friends having a good time together. These guys are cool guys; just having fun with the guys, chilling. It's a good experience, just having fun."
Overall, heading into tonight's game, this week at the Chesapeake Bowl has been a good experience for him.
"This is pretty good," Pitts said. "This is pretty fun. It's just a good experience. You play around a lot of people that have as good a talent as you. That's the main thing, just competing, and having fun doing it."