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,
Having just returned from an official visit, Pitre decided it was time to make up his mind. "It was either between UCLA and
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.
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.