Ever since Joey Fontana committed to SMU in 2009, SMU wide receiver coach Jeff Reinebold has been working Brother Martin for more D-1 talent. Last month, we told you about Dante Butler (running back) and Elbert Fulgham (offensive lineman), both Crusaders who could get major interest from the Mustangs in the 2011 recruiting class. Today, we inform you of linebacker Christian Pittman. The junior visited SMU this past weekend, and walked away very impressed.
"I really liked SMU. It was a beautiful campus. The coaches definitely know what they are doing. They showed it this year by turning things around," stated Pittman to PonyStampede.com. "Coach Reinebold is a really cool guy and easy to talk to. He seems like a guy that would be really easy and fun to play for."
Pittman has started since his sophomore year, but missed six games this past season due to injury. Brother Martin struggled, losing their last five games to finish the season 5-5. Far from their 10 win season last year when Fontana was a senior.
"We played a bunch of juniors so we were a little small upfront. It's our goal to turn it around next year," said Pittman. "I was injured for half of the season. I broke my foot, so stat wise I wasn't really up to what I should be. I broke it in our fall scrimmage and missed six games because of it."
Pittman has so far been receiving interest from SMU, TCU, Utah, Louisiana Tech, and Dartmouth. At 6'1, 205 pounds, Pittman can play both inside and outside linebacker. He currently runs a 4.7 forty and squats an impressive 500 pounds.
"I have a pretty good nose for the ball. If the guy is headed my way, I'm going to hit them in the mouth," said the SMU prospect. "I'm a really hard tackler that is going to lay a hit. This off-season, I'm really going to work on getting bigger. I want to get thick, but not lose speed. I really want to be a powerful runner."
Known as one of the best recruiters in the business, Jeff Reinebold has all the help he needs to convince Pittman that SMU is the place for him if they offer.
"Joey and I were really close when he played here. He played as a sophomore, when my brother was a senior. I have known him ever since my brother introduced him to me. He is really excited to go play in Hawaii. He tells me, if you want to win, we are on the way up. Get on the bandwagon now," said Pittman. "I want a school with nice facilities, a nice campus, with a good atmosphere. I want to go to a school where people are willing to work to win."
Don't expect Pittman to be an early verbal for any school. The junior is planning on making a decision after his senior year, electing to wait to see if there is late interest. PonyStampede.com will check in with the 2011 prospect later this summer. Look for highlights from his junior year in the upcoming weeks.