UCLA Gets Commitment

On the day that it announces a new head football coach, UCLA gets a commitment from an Orange County fullback prospect...

One of the most physically gifted fullback prospects in the west, El Modena's Michael Pitre, has verbally committed to UCLA.


Michael Pitre, 5-11, 245, 4.5, Orange (Calif.) El Modena, is considered a very physical player with great speed. Student Sports recently rated Pitre the No. 8 fullback prospect in the west. At last summer's SoCal Nike Camp, Pitre clocked a 4.53 in the 40 and put up 27 reps on the bench.


Having just returned from an official visit, Pitre decided it was time to make up his mind. "It was either between UCLA and Colorado State," he said.  "It came down to those two schools about a month ago. I visited Colorado State this past weekend, and I have been going back and forth all week trying to make up my mind. I started looking at circumstances, like family situations and what side of the ball I wanted to play on. So I weighed the pros and cons of each school and thought that UCLA was the better fit for me."


Washington, Oregon State and Arizona State were also recruiting Pitre. He has scheduled an official visit to UCLA on January 10.


The offer from UCLA has been on the table for Pitre for a short while. "UCLA offered me at least a month-and-a-half ago. Coach (R. Todd) Littlejohn and coach (Kelly) Skipper have been recruiting me. I actually called coach Littlejohn on Tuesday after thinking about it. I talked to my coach and my parents and though it was the right time to commit."


Pitre is recovering from surgery earlier today to repair a bicep tendon in his right arm. "The doctors say I should be fine in six to eight weeks. That's actually hurting me because I wanted to get back in the weight room," he said. Pitre is an avid weight lifter. "I bench press around 375 pounds."


Not only is Pitre a talented offensive player, but he also was recruited as a linebacker. "Last year I was playing linebacker on defense. I actually changed defensive positions this season. I played defensive end. I finished with 75 tackles and nine sacks, but I missed one game. Colorado State was recruiting me as a linebacker and UCLA for fullback." Pitre was not sure of his offensive numbers for the season, and he said when it came down to deciding which position he preferred it really didn't matter to him as long as he could get on the field.


Asked if the UCLA head coaching change had any effect on his recruitment, Pitre said, "No, not really. I have been to a couple of UCLA games and I talked to people there and I realized that they are a young team and in a couple of years they should be really good." When asked about Karl Dorrell, Pitre said, "I know what I have read in the newspaper. I heard he is a pretty good guy and he is young, which kind of matches the team. I hope they retain some of the guys on the staff since I have gotten comfortable with them."


Pitre is fully qualified.

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