Pittman Visits UCLA

The Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star, Michael Pittman, took an unofficial visit to UCLA on Friday...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star athlete Michael Pittman was UCLA's first verbal, committing in early October.

But schools are still coming after Pittman and the Bruins will have to work to keep him in the fold.

Pittman took an unofficial visit to UCLA on Friday and the visit went well for him.

"It went really well, it was a great visit and really cool," said Pittman. "That was my first time really visiting since I committed. The campus is really nice. They have a lot of new things coming and they showed me what's coming and how I'd fit in to their program. My mom went with me this time. She was impressed by everything there, especially the academics and the stuff that mom's get excited about."

While UCLA head coach Jim Mora was out of town, Pittman spent time with three assistant coaches and still talked to Mora by phone.

"I spent most of my time with Coach Yarbs (Eric) Yarber and Coach (Angus) McClure and a little bit of time with Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin)," said Pittman. "And then I talked to Coach Mora on the phone. He's on a college visit with his son who plays lacrosse, but he wanted to make sure he talked to me so we talked on the phone while I was there and it went really well. Coach McClure is he main one recruiting me so we talked a lot today. I pretty much knew everything that I was going to see because I know the program really well, but they refreshed me on everything."

Pittman is committed to the Bruins to play receiver, but he's open to defense, where Martin is trying to get him to play safety.

"I'm open to playing both ways," said Pittman. "I could play on both sides of the ball and I'm open to doing that in the future. Most people are specifying me as a receiver, but once I get there, maybe I can turn some heads and play both ways. UCLA hasn't really talked to me about playing both ways, but they tell me about both sides because they want me on both sides. Coach Yarbs wants me at receiver and Coach Meat wants me strictly as a DB but they don't ever package that together."

Arizona State and Nebraska offered Pittman this week and more schools have been talking with him but he's not opened up his recruitment yet.

"I'm still a soft commit, but I'm still committed to UCLA," said Pittman. "I like UCLA and that's why I committed to them. But I'm not closing the door on any schools. I'm happy how I've handled it so far, I committed to UCLA for a reason, but I just don't want to close the door on anyone. I just got ASU and Nebraska, and I've been talking with LSU and Oregon a lot more lately so we'll see what happens with them."

Pittman will visit some schools in the coming weeks with his 7v7 team.

"I'm going to visit some schools with Team 19, so we'll see what I get on the trips," said Pittman. "We'll visit as many schools as we can this spring. You only get this chance one."

Pittman will camp at the Nike The Opening Regional next month in Los Angeles.


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