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USC commit Michael Pittman visits UCLA

Michael Pittman committed to USC over the summer, and the Trojans even announced him as an early entrant for January. But Sunday, Pittman took an unofficial visit to UCLA.

Oaks Christian four-star athlete Michael Pittman was committed to UCLA as a junior, but de-committed from the Bruins over the summer and promptly pledged his mid-year graduation to USC.

Sunday, Pittman was back on campus at UCLA with his running back teammate, Gil-Scott Jackson.

“When I went down there, I talked to the coaches a little bit and they’re still on me,” said Pittman. “They’re not negatively recruiting me or anything.

“They didn’t speak on the subject of Steve Sarkisian, so they just spoke on their own school and what they have to offer. I basically saw what I already knew (about UCLA).”

Categorized as an “athlete,” what position Pittman plays in college has been the subject of debate for months. Rumors had Pittman being recruited for the defensive side of the football by UCLA before his de-commitment.

“They said they were always bringing me in as a receiver and that they are recruiting me as a receiver now,” said Pittman.

On the other side of the coin, USC remains without a head coach. Pittman’s two main recruiters for the Trojans, Marques Tuiasosopo and Tee Martin, have maintained regular contact with the 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide out.

“I mean, they’re working really hard with what they have right now,” said Pittman. “It was an unfortunate event that happened two weeks ago, but I wish Sarkisian the best.

“They’re scrambling to get their team together so they can win some games.”

Pittman remains ambivalent about the Trojans search for its next head coach.

“Whatever is going to happen, it’s out of my control,” said Pittman. “I’m just going to go with the flow no matter who it is.

“I would like to see (Clay) Helton to stay the head coach. But for the next guy, I don’t know. It is important, for me at least, to keep the assistant coaches because they are the ones that got me to go to USC.

“But I’m not a coach, so I don’t know what best for the football team. Offensive minded or defensive minded, it’s doesn’t really matter.”

Pittman is set to graduate from Oaks Christian in December and has already signed financial aid paperwork to enroll at USC in January. After Sunday’s unofficial visit to UCLA, Pittman says he is still committed to USC.

“I like the coaching staff and the school,” said Pittman. “The connections the school can offer you and the degrees you can get from USC… it’s really unmatched.”


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