Recruiting: Billy Pittman Commit No. 15

With all of the hoopla surrounding Banquet Weekend, who would have ever thought the Longhorns would snag their first post-Banquet Weekend commit from someone who wasn't even in attendance? Or that it would be someone who has yet to make his official visit to Texas?

That's exactly what happened when the multi-talented Billy Pittman of Cameron decided to become a Horn.

"I have been wanting to go there ever since all of this recruiting stuff started," Pittman said. "Actually, I've always liked the Longhorns. Don't know a whole lot about them since I haven't taken my official visit yet, but I just like their team and wanted to play for them for a while now."

What took the 18-3A district Most Valuable Player so long?

"Well, I just wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision," Pittman told IT.

According to the Cameron Yoemen QB, Mike Tolleson (defensive tackles coach) and Darryl Drake (wide receivers coach) came by the school after basketball practice today to visit with him again.

"They have been coming by a lot and throughout the year letting me know they were interested, but this time I was just ready to commit," said the 4-star blue-chipper. "You know, basketball season is going strong and I wasn't going to have a lot of time on my hands... and it just felt like the time to do it was right. And I'm just glad to get it over with."

Although Pittman will set up his official in the near future he has been to Texas on a few unofficial visits and liked what he saw.

"I've been to UT a few times and the few times I have been there I liked it. And I just had a gut feeling about playing there. The way the coaches talked to me and the way the team plays, just enjoyed the trips there."

During the high school football regular season it was reported that Pittman had flashed the Hook'em Horns hand signal, so many saw that as further evidence that he bled Burnt Orange.

"Yes sir, I did that a couple of times," he said with a chuckle.

In our last update Pittman told IT that the Horns were looking at him as a wideout and that's still the case. He also said that he would like to join the team this summer and get in some early workouts for the 2003 football season.

"I've seen some highlights on Vince Young and he's good," said the all-around prospect. "I mean, I think he's real good. And I can't wait to play with him."

It will be interesting to see if the Mack and Co. maintain interest in Tyler Chapel Hill wideout Tyrell Gatewood. The thinking has been Texas would sign three wide receivers if possible. Signing a total of four remains a real possibility. Of course, Pittman is an incredible athlete and could find playing time on the other side of the ball before it's all said and done.


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