We talked with talented junior Michael Pittman on Friday shortly after he received an offer from UCLA. Pittman said it was his dream offer but he wanted to take his time with his recruitment and didn't see himself committing until the summer at the earliest. A day later, the athlete had a change of heart and decided to pull the trigger.
"I wanted to wait and go through the process but I've wanted to go to UCLA since I was six years old," Pittman said. "When I first got the offer, I was so excited but I wanted to be one of those guys with a ton of offers. I had a good talk with my family though and they convinced that offers didn't really matter, they don't define you.
"UCLA is where I knew I wanted to go, they have always been my No. 1 so before the game tonight, I went ahead and committed. My family is very excited for me and I'm definitely pumped up as well. This is a dream come true and honestly one of the best days of my life. Getting the offer was incredible but committing is even better."
In Pittman, UCLA is landing one of the premier two-way players in the West and someone who projects as a top 100 player nationally next fall. He has good size at 6-3, 200 pounds and has the ability to play receiver or safety at the next level.
"I'm coming in as a receiver, that's what they told me when I was offered," Pittman said. "I talked with Coach Angus McClure and Coach Yarber and they want me at receiver. I like defense too though, I think I can play anywhere. I grew up playing defense and just started playing receiver when I got to Oaks.
"I really like receiver though and feel that's probably my best college position. I like to have the ball in my hands and I play receiver with a defensive mentality. I'm a physical player, that's one of my strengths and I use my size to get open. I'll play anywhere though, whatever helps the team. Right now, I'm just thrilled to be a Bruin, I can't say it enough, it really is a dream come true for me and It's an awesome feeling for me."