Four-star Pitts Goes In-Depth on Commitment

Woodland Hills (Pa.) High four-star cornerback Lafayette Pitts gave Rutgers a non-binding oral commitment Monday, one day after he left the campus after an offical visit. Pitts is the fourth four-star to commit in the class, and he also said he didn't think the high-profile commitments were going to stop.

The fruits of an intense, high-energy recruiting weekend are starting to come to fruition as Woodland Hills (Pa.) High cornerback Lafayette Pitts became the second four-star player in two days to commit to Rutgers.

Pitts, the No. 12-rated cornerback in the 2011 class, made the decision after returning home from his official visit and speaking with his family members.

"I committed to Rutgers," Pitts told "It was just the feeling I had with the players, and the academics are second to none. It was also the feeling I had with the coaches and the academic advisors.

"I feel really good around them. It's just the vision coach (Greg) Schiano has that I believe in. I believe that during the four years there we have a chance to win a national championship."

Pitts, who is also an accomplished running back, will enter Rutgers as a cornerback.

"I'm going to play cornerback and try to compete for a starting position next season," Pitts said. "I'm also going to get a chance at punt returner and kick returner and see if I can make an impact there."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Pitts originally committed to Pittsburgh, but became a soft commit when the Panthers lost a pair of head coaches in less than a month.

His bond was built with former Pittsburgh assistant coaches and current Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley.

"Me and coach Cignetti go way back with Pitt," Pitts said. "He said once I get used to things, they may make a few packages for me at receiver."

Pitts said one of the reasons he felt comfortable with Rutgers is the togetherness of the team, which shown through during his official visit. In particular, Pitts talked about the trip to Times Square.

"We had the group activities, and especially when we went bowling" Pitts said. "It was the bond we had with all the coaches, and all the players.

"It felt really good. Now I can focus on getting back in shape and focus on school and finishing with academics."

Pitts is the fourth four-star to commit to Rutgers, joining Long Branch (N.J.) athlete Miles Shuler, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin and Union City (N.J.) High offensive lineman Josue Matias.

He added he already spoke with Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka to ask him to join him at Rutgers and was readying to call Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright to recruit them. Both of those players also visited Rutgers over the weekend.

"I'm very energized and excited," Pitts said. "This recruiting class is going to be really good. We could probably end up with four (more) four-stars (including Matias and Pitts). We're waiting on one or two more. I called Max Issaka and he likes Rutgers and he'll hopefully decide by the end of the week."

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