Jevonte Pitts Talks Pitt Commitment

Woodland Hills defensive back Jevonte Pitts committed to Pitt following his official visit this past weekend.

Jevonte Pitts expanded on his commitment to Pitt a little bit, citing a number of factors that he liked about the school . First and foremost, was the simple fact of being offered and asked to come on an official visit.

"It's really exciting considering the fact that I wasn't getting recruited until then," Pitts said. "They started showing interest, and I showed that I was able to play Division I football, after they saw my highlight tape. They offered me."

Pitts had only two interceptions as a senior, but finished the season with 80 tackles—40 of which came in Woodland Hills' postseason run. He finished with a season-high 10 tackles in the WPIAL championship game against North Allegheny. Though a lot of teams threw away from his side of the field when he was in at cornerback, he still expects to play safety at the next level.

"I'll probably more than likely play safety, I'm more comfortable at safety anyway," Pitts added. "I'm more of a tackler. Instead of just being out in coverage all day, I'm more of an aggressive type player."

Pitts also likes the familiarity of Pitt—the fact that it's close to home, the fact that he has a lot of friends on the team already, and the fact that he has a good rapport with the coaching staff.

"It's real important," Pitts said, talking about staying close to home. "If I go somewhere else, and (family) have to travel, the economy is real messed up, and it would be hard to try to get my family to come see me play. Playing here at Pitt, everybody's here already. They can come down and watch me play.

"I have a good relationship with Brandon Ifill. We were talking about a lot of stuff. He was hosting somebody else. KK (Khaynin Mosley-Smith) was my host. I didn't have to get to know him better. I've already been talking to him for a long time; I guess you can call that a brotherhood."

Pitts was recruited by defensive backs coach Tony Gibson, who also recruits western PA. It didn't take too much time to get a rapport with Gibson either.

"Coach Gibson is a cool cat," Pitts said. "Me and him just talk about how they play their defense. Ttheir defense is similar to ours. (Woodland Hills defensive coordinator Bill Morton) does a lot of the same things, disguising things. Coach Gibson does a lot of disguising things too."

Pitts, of course talked about how being close to home affected his decision. Will it be the same for his cousin Lafayette Pitts?

"It doesn't matter to me much," Pitts said. "Me and Lafayette are always going to be close wherever he plays. As long as he's happy, I'm happy too."

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