UCLA commit pencils in official visits

Oaks Christian four-star athlete Michael Pittman committed to UCLA last October and his rated the state's No. 2 players at his position.

Westlake Village (Calif.) four-star athlete Michael Pittman committed to UCLA while simultaneously admitting that he still had a year ahead of him to explore his other college options.

In February, Pittman unofficially visited USC for the Trojans’ Elite Junior Invite. Since then, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Oaks Christian junior has become more resolute in his decision to verbally commit to the Bruins.

“I had a long talk with my grandfather and he helped me harden up my decision,” said Pittman. “He talked to me about family, the great school and the great coaches.”

Pittman unofficially visited UCLA Sunday on the heels of a media photo shoot. Earlier in the week, Pittman had USC and Nebraska on the campus of Oaks Christian.

“Coach (Clay) Helton came by the school, but we didn’t talk because of the rules,” said Pittman. “But I do talk to Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) almost daily.

“He just wants me to keep my options open and to come check them out. They’ve been recruiting me specifically as a wide receiver, and that’s my preference, although I wouldn’t mind playing on the defensive side of the ball either.”

Many schools are recruiting Pittman as an athlete, with the Bruins discussing with him the potential of playing safety in college.

While Pittman’s commitment to UCLA is stronger than ever, he still maintains a fair amount of interest USC.

“On a scale of one-to-10, I’d put my interest in USC at about a seven out of 10,” said Pittman. “I mean, it’s USC. They’ve got history, they’ve got coaches and they’ve got a whole lot of in-coming talent.”

Pittman would like to unofficially visit USC and UCLA again this off season. At this point, that is about as far as he will travel for unofficial visits.

“I’m not trying to get on any planes or anything like that,” laughed Pittman. “I’m not into all that flying stuff.

“I did go on the trip (with Team 19) to see the Big XII schools. That was cool seeing how those programs were. At those schools they look at football differently.

“The Nebraska visits sort of stood out. Coach Keith Williams was cool and their facilities were great. I also liked meeting their players. So that stood out.”

Pittman still plans on taking all five of his official visits this fall and winter. He already has three schools penciled in for those trips.

“Probably UCLA, USC and Nebraska,” said Pittman. “I’ll squeeze in two more schools for visits as well. I’m open to getting more offers from other places, so I’m saving those spots.

“Two schools I wouldn’t mind seeing are LSU and Miami.”

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