Pitts Talks Rutgers, Pittsburgh

Woodland Hills (Pa.) High four-star cornerback Lafayette Pitts will be making an official visit to Rutgers this coming weekend. The soft commit to Pittsburgh spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, his knowledge of Rutgers, and his recent interaction with the Pittsburgh staff.

As Rutgers readies for its last big weekend of official visit weekend of the 2011 recruiting weekend, there is plenty at stake as the Scarlet Knights try to make a final push for players they've been recruiting for years.

Then, there is Woodland Hills (Pa.) High four-star cornerback Lafayette Pitts, who is coming on his official visit to Rutgers with an open slate and plenty to learn about a late-comer in his recruitment.

"I don't know too much about them," Pitts said. "I know that they're the No. 1-rated school in the APR (Academic Progress Report) and that they're a good program."

Pitts, who remains a soft commit to Pittsburgh, has a close relationship with new Rutgers assistant coaches Jeff Hafley and Frank Cignetti, both of whom recruited him to the Panthers. It will be the first trip to Rutgers for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Pitts.

"They didn't really recruit me much and then I committed to Pittsburgh (in June)," Pitts said. "They hadn't offered me at the beginning because I committed so early, but now they have. Coach Cignetti and coach Hafley told me about the school, so I'm going to come check it out."

Pitts already visited Iowa and Maryland and has an official visit to Pittsburgh scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 28, and prying him out of western Pennsylvania could be challenging for the Scarlet Knights.

Pitts has bonded with the Panthers' new staff, including coach Todd Graham. He attended the Panthers' basketball game Monday against Syracuse and spent plenty of time talking to some of the coaches.

"I got to sit and talk with them (Monday) at the basketball game and I liked it a lot," Pitts said. "I talked to them about what they want to do and talked with them. They're high energy and want to get the program on track.

"I like them a lot."

Schools are recruiting Pitts to play either cornerback and running back.

"It doesn't really matter which position," Pitts said. "I really don't care. I'm going to help them no matter what I'm playing."

Despite being a soft commit to Pittsburgh, Pitts said he has no leader and doesn't know when he will make a decision.

"When I feel it, I'll make my decision," Pitts said. "After my Pittsburgh visit, I will decide."

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