Derrek Pitts Continues Camp Visits, Updates Current Recruiting Status

South Charleston (W. Va.) safety Derrek Pitts is well-attuned to the recruiting process, having attended a number of camps while being the subject of intense scrutiny from some of the top colleges in the nation.

Pitts, who burst from relative anonymity to star recruiting status almost overnight, boasts offers from more than twenty schools, including the likes of West Virginia, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Oklahoma. While such attention might be a distraction for some, Pitts appears to be maintaining an even-keeled approach to the entire process. He's attending numerous camps and interacting with as many different schools and coaches as possible in order to learn as much as he can while stockpiling information that will help him make his decision.

“It's just been a blessing for all of those schools to have offered me,” Pitts said in between camp stops recently. “The camps have been going fine, and the one at West Virginia was good. I go into the camps looking for new ways of being coached, and to learn ways that I can improve.”

That approach is a bit different from some players, who treat camps as recruiting stops only. It speaks well for Pitts, who isn't resting on the laurels of the high-value offers he's received to date. Certainly, he wants to show coaches what he can do, and use the camp visits to discover more about each program, but he's also using them as they were originally intended – as a learning opportunity.

Pitts has yet to narrow down his list of potential schools publicly yet, but does know some of the factors that will be important when he does so, and when he makes his school choice final.

“I am looking for a place that will welcome me with open arms, and that has that family environment,” he said. “West Virginia is a great school, and they play in a great conference.”

Pitts is also looking to build on his leadership skills during his upcoming senior season. South Charleston has had a number of excellent players over the past few years that have provided those qualities, but he is now ready to assume those duties as well. Riding above personal goals, he counts “winning a championship” as the top target of his senior season.

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