Mycah Pittman of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian knew what he was getting into inside Ventura (Calif.)'s Larrabee Stadium on Oct. 28.
He was about to tangle with fellow 2019 star and top lockdown defender Kamren Fabiculanan of rival Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure; the same Fabiculanan currently being courted by BYU and renowned in Ventura County for taking away his opponents’ best receiving option.
But the result? Pittman hauled in five catches for 142 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help ice the 63-28 rout of the Seraphs. A performance like that illustrates why Pittman – who holds an offer from USC, where older brother Michael is committed, and is the son of Super Bowl XXXVII champion Michael, Jr. – is well on his way at emerging as one of the top receivers in the 2019 class.
“I knew he was a good athlete and he got offered by BYU, but that never intimidates me," Pittman said. "The better the players, the better I want to do. That match up turned out very well for me and I was thankful for that opportunity.”
Pittman is one of four players with six touchdowns or more on the 7-2 Lions, who can clinch the outright Marmonte League title with a victory over cross-town rival Westlake on Friday, Nov. 4 at home.
He may not have his dad’s chiseled frame, or his USC-bound brother’s height and wingspan, but the 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore has given Oaks Christian a speedy long-ball threat. Pittman is averaging an astonishing 26.1 yards per catch and has 15 receptions that stretched past 40 yards this season. He’s the Lions’ leader in receptions (48), yards (1,253) and touchdowns (10).
“We have a lot of playmakers on offense and our defense is getting better day by day,” Pittman said. “We’re a young team, but we’re becoming more mature and we’re understanding the plays.”
Along with the likes of sophomore running back Zach Charbonnet, future Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson, senior running back Brandon LaBrie and rising freshman receiver Bryce Farrell, the Lions are averaging a monstrous 50.2 points per game, giving defensive coordinators and opposing head coaches sleepless nights in the process.
Pittman believes he hasn’t reached his full potential yet, even with becoming one of the most unguardable targets on the field so early in his prep career.
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“I feel like I’m not in my prime yet,” Pittman said. “I feel like when I get older, I’ll become more mature on the field. I’ll look to make more big-time plays.”