Commitment Analysis: Michael Pittman

OCT. 7 -- A look at what UCLA is getting in the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2016 safety/receiver, Michael Pittman...

Profile: Michael Pittman
Position: Safety/Receiver
Location: Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 200 pounds

Ranking: Expected to be in the updated Scout 300 for the 2016 class.

Recruiting: Pittman committed early to UCLA over offers from Cal and Washington.

The Scouting Report: Pittman can play on either side of the ball so it will be interesting to see what position he ultimately plays at the next level. As a receiver, he's a big, rangy prospect, with good speed, very good hands, the ability to get separation and is disciplined in his route running. He's also a tremendous blocker with a chippiness to him. That same chippiness is on display on defense, where he is a physical safety who loves to deliver the big hits. He's got good coverage awareness and closing speed, the ability to make a play on the ball and is a sure tackler. What we know is that Pittman is a top 100 prospect as an overall football player.

Overall Analysis: Few people knew of Pittman before the season, since he played sparingly as a sophomore at Oaks Christian after transferring from Valencia (Calif.). More people know of his father, longtime NFL running back Michael Pittman Sr., who played at Fresno State. When Bill Redell returned to the head coaching spot at Oaks Christian, he saw a player that could be elite on both sides of the ball and put him in a as a starter. Through the first few games of his junior season, Pittman made it clear that he was an elite prospect, and had he waited out the recruiting process, certainly would have had his pick of offers. But he was a lifelong UCLA fan and it was his dream school, so just two days after getting the offer, he committed. He keeps the recent run at Oaks Christian going with the Bruins, following Cassius Marsh, Ishmael Adams and Jordan Payton among others. With his commitment, and with 16 months until he'll sign, UCLA has plenty of time to decide which side of the ball he'll play, and they'll probably have a better idea, post-signing day, of which side they'll want him for. For now, though, it looks like receiver will be their primary position they'll take him for. Regardless of where he ends up, this is a huge pickup for UCLA in getting a talented, local kid, with strong bloodlines, from a program UCLA has had great success at of late, and a player that can make an early impact on either side of the ball.

Check out film of Pittman from Friday's game against Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame.

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