Shittu Opens Up Recruitment

The #41 player in the nation, Aziz Shittu, a defensive tackle from Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony, had verbally committed to a Pac-12 program but now reopens his recruitment...

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony defensive tackle Aziz Shittu was a commit to Stanford, but on Thursday night, he decided to open things up.

"I want to leave no stones unturned," said Shittu. "I told myself before the process I wanted to take my officials and go through the process. I don't think I gave everyone a fair chance to look at me. I want to see how everyone does this season, and see how the D-Lines do. Education is very important to me but so is the team."

So Shittu said he'll spend the next week considering all his offers and start to pare a list.

"I'll make a top 10 in the next couple weeks, and talk to some coaches, and then I'll have my top 10 ready," said Shittu.

But Shittu said he's not in any way, eliminated Stanford. "Oh yeah, I still have high interest in them," said Shittu. "I just need to go through the whole process."

And he'll stretch out his decision time now.

"Most likely I'll decide on Signing Day but maybe the Army Game," said Shittu.

Shittu said some schools took different approaches after he committed.

"Some took the approach 'he's committed we won't mess with him while some took the approach that 'we have to work harder."

Auburn was one of the schools to offer Shittu and he said he'll look at them.

"They're definitely someone I'll take a look at," said Shittu. "They're the national champions."

He'd also like to take some unofficial visits.

"Hopefully, I'll be taking some," said Shittu. "I'm trying to and I want to."

Shittu said he's at peace with his decision to open things up.

"It's definitely the best thing to go through it," said Shittu. "At the end of the process, I want no worries. I don't want to have any worries at all and this is best way to go about it."

Shittu is a Scout Top 50 member.

Schools he considered previously were USC, UCLA, Cal, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Florida and Oregon among others.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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