Recruiting: Kirston Pittman-Will UT get a visit?

With National Signing Day 2003 just over two months away, make no mistake about it, Mack and Co. are shopping for pass rushers. While <B>Jarvis Moss</B>, <B>Alonzo Dotson</B> and <B>Jason Berryman</B> have piqued the interest of Longhorn recruitniks, let's not forget about <B>Kirston Pittman</B> hailing from East St. John high school in Reserve, LA. <I>IT</I> caught up with the 4-star blue-chipper to get an update as well as to find out where the Longhorn Nation stands.

"I'm six-five, 235, and can run the forty in 4.5," Pittman said. "My bench is 335 and I've got a squat of 425. Right now, I don't have my stats but I had a pretty good year."

You can definitely mark Pittman down for a double-digit sack total as he excels at pressuring the QB. With his current frame and size, bulking up should be no problem. Some services have Pittman listed as a Rush OLB, but he'll play DE on the next level. As a matter of fact, he earlier stated that he would not play for anyone recruiting him as an OLB -- he wants to rush the passer from the defensive end position. Playing time could come immediately as he already has adequate size for the position. And he's got the bloodlines too.

"My cousin (Darwin Pittman) plays QB for S.E. Louisiana, but he's redshirting this year and my brother Thomas Pittman (6-3, 265 pounds) plays defensive end for the Cleveland Browns," said the nation's 8th-ranked defensive end. "I worked out quite a bit with my brother this past summer and have been able to lean on him a little with the recruiting process."

Pittman's brother originally signed with Auburn and later transferred to Florida. Some suggested Louisiana's 4th-ranked overall prospect might have a little influence coming from his older brother, but Pittman understands the importance of picking the school that best fits him and will not make a decision until he takes his five official visits.

When asked what visits loomed on the horizon, he said, "I've got Michigan (Dec. 13), Florida State (Jan. 10) and Miami (Jan. 24)."

So, that leaves Texas competing against OU, LSU, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi State for the last two visits, right?

"Texas isn't competing against anyone," Pittman told IT. "They're going to get a visit. Right now, we don't have the date set, but I'm definitely taking a visit to Texas."

With all of the talk about the Florida weather and rumors circling about his leaning to the schools in the sunshine state, the senior from East St. John said, "I want you to tell everybody to quit paying attention to that stuff. Tell everyone in the media that they don't have a clue. People can just keep on talking about how I'll end up in the South and they don't even know what they're talking about. I haven't even seen the schools yet. I will go whereever my heart leads me. I'm not afraid of competition at any of those schools, so whereever I feel comfortable, that's where I'm going to be for the next four years. Now, make sure you tell everyone that and put it in bold for everyone to see because everyone thinks they know where I'm headed."

Tim Nunez (Texas' center and offensive guards coach) is doing the recruiting for Texas and from the sound of it, the Horns are very much in the picture for the services of this out-of-state pass-rushing demon who describes his game as "vicious." Of course, Michigan, FSU and Miami are in good shape themselves, but Mack and Co. appear to be on equal ground with an official visit being scheduled in the near-future.

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