Tuiasosopo pays Pittman a visit

Will the Trojans be able to sway Michael Pittman away from UCLA?

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star athlete Michael Pittman has been committed to play for UCLA since October, but that isn't stopping programs like USC from going after the 6-foot-4, 210 pound prospect.

We caught up with Pittman over the weekend at the Under the Lights Passing Tournament in Saugus (Calif.).

Right as the interview began, former USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson walked over and jumped into the conversation.

"Are you going to 'SC? What are you going to do," Johnson interjected. "Are you de-committing, or do you just want to play the recruiting game and have people touching your shoulders every 30 minutes?"

Johnson got a laugh from Pittman and a quick, "That's it," comment.

For someone who is already committed, Pittman still gets a lot of attention in the recruiting process. According to Pittman, all that attention can be a mixed bag.

"I like it, but then again I don't," Pittman said. "Like I don't like when I have to respond to a bunch of college coaches on Twitter or have to call them back for hours, that's the part I don't like. But going and visiting schools, yeah, I like to see what they have.

"I say that I'm pretty good on my commitment [to UCLA], but colleges still come after me."

Lately, the message from the UCLA coaching staff to Pittman has been pretty straight forward.

"They just tell me that they want me to come in and play early," he said. "Playing time is everything."

Last week USC tight end coach Marques Tuiasosopo stopped by Oaks Christian to check in on Pittman.

"He came by and we can't really talk for that long because of the new rules, so we just had a quick little handshake," Pittman said. "It was cool that he came out, though. It means that they are thinking of me.

"Usually we do all of our contact through Twitter or I will call him. He was telling me the same thing, that he wants me to come in as a big receiver and play for them."

Pittman says what he likes about USC is, "Their history, their coaches and how many guys they put in the next level."

On the seven-on-seven circuit, Pittman has been focused mostly on offense playing receiver. But depending on which analyst you talk to, some feel he will end up as a safety or even an outside linebacker at the next level.

Pittman says he just isn't sure what position he will play in college, but right now he is playing where his Oaks Christian teammates need him.

"For my team, receiver is where they need me the most at, but I feel that I could play each position equally," he said. "It really doesn't matter where I end up, as long as I am on the field, making plays."

Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for more updates on Michael Pittman and the rest of the USC recruiting class of 2016.


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