Woodland Hills Coach Breaks Down Pitts

Rutgers picked up its second four-star commitment in as many days Monday when Woodland Hills (Pa.) High cornerback Lafayette Pitts made a non-binding oral commitment. On Tuesday morning, Wolverines coach George Novak shared his impressions of what the Scarlet Knights are getting in Pitts.

Long-time Woodland Hills (Pa.) High coach George Novak has produced his share of talented players.

Arizona Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer all played for Novak.

Four-star cornerback Lafayette Pitts, who committed to Rutgers on Monday, fits into the same mold.

"He's a phenomenal player," Novak said. "He (compares) very favorably (with the trio). If he continues to develop and work hard, there will be a great opportunity for him."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound is versatile.

He was the Wolverine's leading rusher, accounting for more than 1,700 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns. He was also a standout cornerback and special teams performer.

He is entering Rutgers as a cornerback, but he can do much more.

"He can play receiver, kick returner, running back, punt returner," Novak said. "He's an athlete. He's very quick. He's very coachable."

Novak said Pitts' recruitment exploded when tape of his junior season got to college recruiters. He had one receiving touchdown, three rushing scores, returned a kick for a touchdown and had six punt return scores.

"They just had to watch him on tape and they were interested," Novak said. "He's a hard worker. He'll be the hardest worker on the field. He loves football. He loves playing. He's very competitive. He works hard all the time. He doesn't do anything half speed."

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