Recruiting: Another '10+' Trip for Kirston Pittman

<I>IT</i> caught up with Louisiana defensive end <B>Kirston Pittman</b> to see how his trip to FSU went this weekend. With visits to Michigan and Texas out of the way, the official to Florida State was his third out of an expected five. Pittman has his last two officials scheduled to Miami (Jan. 24) and LSU (Jan. 31). But about that visit to FSU...

"Oh, it was great man," said the senior from East St. Johns High School. "Coaching staff has been there for a long time, they have great players and great facilities."

Pittman added, "Good football town, it was just beautiful, I mean, it was just great."

In an earlier IT report Pittman gave Michigan a 10 and Texas a 10-plus. So where does FSU rank?

"I'd give them a 10-plus as well," Pittman said. "Really, you can go ahead and put Michigan up as a 10-plus. They're all 10-plus schools."

As expected, a decision with so many options to consider can be awfully tough, especially in Pittman's case.

"It's going to be really hard for me to eliminate any of the schools," said the nation's 8th-ranked defensive end. "They're all great schools. Probably wouldn't be as difficult for me to decide, but I'm being recruited by so many of the best."

And with two visits left to make, it's only going to get harder.

"God's going to let me know," Pittman said with a strong degree of confidence. "He'll say, 'this is where I want you to go, this is where you're going to be'. I'm just very appreciative of the opportunity I have."

Asked if the phone has been ringing off of the hook, the 4-star bluechipper said, "Yeah, it can get pretty nerve-racking sometimes. You know, it can aggravate you a little. The coaches have unlimited calls they can make and there's a lot of internet sites calling all of the time, but I'm starting to get used to it, so it's not that bad."

"But you guys (Inside Texas) don't call too much," Pittman said. "But some of the other ones call like every other two days. It's ridiculous how many times some of these guys call, like they can't get enough the first time they call. And they're always asking me if I made a decision when I've told a lot of them already that it will be a day or two before National Signing Day. Like I said, I'm getting used to it and all, but it still can be a little irritating."

IT told the Reserve, Louisiana standout that it's only going to get worse because he'll be one of the last undecided recruits approaching Signing Day, which makes his story even greater for publications looking for recruiting news. Pittman told IT he's ready for it. And everything about this kid has been straight up, so look for him to pull the trigger no earlier than when he said, a day or two before February 5th, 2003.

Inside Texas will have more on Pittman in this week's installment of the Inside Scoop. [Editor's note: Our last installment of the Inside Scoop featured exclusive scouting reports from the U.S. Army game and combine in San Antonio last weekend, including reports on several junior prospects (and a revealing conversation with Tom Lemming), plus information on Texas target and weekend visitor Tim Washington, among others, and exclusive info on future Horns Tarell Brown, Eric Foreman, Limas Sweed, Marcus Griffin and Aaron Ross. If you are not already a subscriber, you can check out the Inside Scoop, plus all of the other subscriber-only articles on, for about a quarter a day. For more information, click here.]

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