Westside-Macon RB Holds One Offer

Fernando Pitts may not be a household name to the national recruiting scene, but it certainly is to the Middle Georgia area. The Westside-Macon running back, who holds an offer from Valdosta State, talked to GAVSV.com about his recruiting process and playing in the GACA North-South All-Star game.

Fernando Pitts had a superb senior season while leading Westside (8-3) to the state playoffs in 2006. Pitts rushed for 1,755 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.

With an offer from Valdosta State, Pitts is attracting some attention from other schools as well.

"I'm getting interest from several schools," said Pitts. "Miles College (Birmingham, AL) is talking about offering me. Their recruiting coach said they wanted to offer me at my visit. South Carolina State, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky is talking to me also."

Pitts is still in the process of setting up his official visits. Valdosta State is one of the schools he plans to visit.

"My only offer is from Valdosta State," he said. "They have a great program. They have a winning tradition there. It's not to big and it's not to small. I think I could go in there and play early."

Offensive line coach Shawn Bostick is recruiting Pitts for the Blazers.

"Coach Bostick came down to see us play Thomas County Central and he said he liked me," Pitts said. "He also came to one of the practices while I was in Columbus and he said I was high on their depth chart."

Pitts has three schools at the top of his list.

"I like Valdosta State, Western Kentucky, and I would like to get down to the University of Florida International."

What is the 5-foot-11, 192-pound tailback looking for in a school?

"I would like to have a full ride," he said. "I'm looking for a place with a winning tradition and great academics."

Pitts recently played for the South team in the GACA North-South All-Star game in Columbus, Ga. He rushed for 22 yards on 5 carries and had a 16 yard recption.

"It was a lot of fun," said Pitts. "We came out and we did the best we could. I did what I could when I got the ball. I had a couple of big plays on a screen play, but we came up short 17-7."

"I enjoyed being with some of the players that I had played against in the past. I enjoyed meeting some of the great players who will be playing at the next level."

"I'm talking about guys like Allen Bailey. You would think because he is such a top-notch recruit that he would be stuck-up, but he has a great sense of humor. He's very down to earth. Dion Armstrong was the same way. It was just a lot of fun."

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