Recruiting: Pittman Can Play All Over the Field

<I>IT</i> caught up with <B>Billy Pittman</b>, Cameron Yoe High School's QB/FS/KR/PR, to get the skinny on his recruitment.

Up to 6-1,180 pounds and down to a sub-4.4 clocking in the forty, Pittman has a standing list of Nebraska, TCU, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, but doesn't yet have his official visits scheduled. According to the 4-star bluechipper, a decision will not be made until after tripping to his top five schools.

When observing the senior from Cameron, you can understand the projections having him at corner, safety and/or wide receiver, but TCU and Nebraska are offering him based on what they see him as and that's a quarterback. His future appears to be at wide receiver if he selects Texas, Oklahoma or Texas A&M. And for good measure, TheInsiders.com's national rankings has the versatile prospect listed as the nation's 11th-ranked cornerback. So, he's all over the place and it will be exciting to see not only what school Pittman selects, but what position he ends up at before his days of college football are finished.

Pittman, who posted a 33-inch vertical, has accumulated approximately 1,300-1,400 yards rushing and 1,500 passing from the quarterback position and he wasn't exactly sure of his numbers at free safety/cornerback or his stats as a punt returner/kick returner.

With a list of accolades including honorable mention all-state, super centex, 1st-team all-Brazos county and district MVP two years as a sophomore and junior, not to mention an honorable mention all-state selection in basketball (playing the 2 guard spot), the state's second-highest rated cornerback looks great on paper. He also has a 10.7 in the 100-meters, runs the first leg for the sprint-relay team and the 3rd-leg in the mile-relay.

When asked about his strengths and weaknesses, Pittman said, "My speed and quickness, especially my quickness. Weaknesses? [Chuckling]... I don't know. I just don't know. I don't think I have any. Someone else would have to tell me that."

Of course, assistant coaches play a significant role in bringing in the highly regarded preps and Mike Tolleson (more and more referred to as Coach Tolle, pronounced Tolly, by recruits) of the Longhorns will do his best to bind Billy Pittman with The University.

"Coach Tolle seems like he cares a lot and like he really wants me to come to Texas," said Pittman. "And he definitely calls more than anybody else, way more than any other team."

Pittman told IT the other coaches seeking his verbal are Nebraska's Turner Gill, TCU's safety coach, OU's Bobby Jack Wright and before the firing of R.C. Slocum, Dino Babers. No one from A&M's new coaching staff has contacted him thus far.

Playing time is a topic that comes up a lot with recruits and Pittman told IT that he sees an opportunity for some early playing time at Texas.

"I have a chance to crack the lineup next year because Kyle Shanahan will be graduating," Pittman said. "And if Roy Williams goes pro that will open up another spot. With B.J. and Sloan leaving the next year, Texas needs some wide receivers."

All too often players look at who is leaving right now, and not at who will be leaving this year and the next. If Pittman decides to commit to Texas, he along with Limas Sweed and Jimmy Sutton will have the early advantage (along with sophomore-to-be wideouts Brian Carter and Robert Timmons) in locking down the all-important No. 1, 2 and 3 wideout jobs that will come open in '04, not to mention a spot in 5-wide sets as Shanahan will close his career with the Longhorns' the first of January 2003.


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