Pittman is ready to take charge

One of the most athletic and versatile quarterbacks in the California JC system this year is Pasadena QB David Pittman (5-11, 195). He had an excellent spring and has garnered interest from lots of BCS schools and has three offers to his name, but he said his coaches have told him several more are on the way.

"I got offered by UCLA, Arizona State and North Carolina A&T a little while ago," Pittman told JCFootball.com recently. "My coaches said I had a really good spring and some of the coaches from schools that came out to see me have told them they were going to offer after they got back and evaluated everything so I'm expecting several more over the next couple of weeks."

In addition to his offers, Pittman said that USC is recruiting him pretty hard and that schools like Arizona, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia are recruiting him as well.

"I grew up here in Pasadena, but I went to high school back in Georgia," Pittman said. "My dad's job transferred him out there and so me and my mom followed him. I graduated from Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) and my coach and I had a misunderstanding about recruiting so I didn't really get recruited much.

"I got a lot of letters from some Pac 10, Big 12 and SEC schools, but nothing really substantial and then when I graduated I had a decision to make. I wanted to keep playing ball so the most logical choice for me was Pasadena because I had my friends and family out here and the staff here is really good."

As a freshman for the Lancers, Pittman had a solid season leading the offense. He passed for over 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. He also posted 300 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

With his athleticism and speed (4.48) many try to pigeonhole Pittman as a scrambler or an athlete playing quarterback, but he says that can't be further from the truth.

"I don't think I'm a scrambler," Pittman said. "I'm a pocket-passer until things break down and then I can hurt you with my legs. I'd much rather be known as a threat to hurt defenses as a passer though."

Pasadena had a young team in 2006, but this year they're poised for a big season and Pittman says his main goal is to show the leadership necessary to lead the Lancers to where they want to go.

"I've been reading a lot of books on leadership and studying some major leaders," Pittman said. "One of the books I'm reading is about the African American quarterback and their struggles. It has really opened my eyes to being a leader and what that means.

"I have all the physical stuff down. Like my speed and my footwork and my reads, but I want to be a better leader and that's really what I'm focused on this summer."

Because Pittman qualified out of high school, he can leave anytime and he'll be ready to leave Pasadena in December with three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Pittman as the summer rolls along.

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