April 26, 2011
Pittman enjoys Ohio State
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One of the top prospects in attendance at Saturday's Spring Game was Canton (Ohio) McKinley defensive end Se'von Pittman The 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect is no stranger to Ohio State as he has made several unoffical visits over the last year. Still, the big pass rusher was excited to make another trip south to speak with the coaching staff and check out the Buckeyes in action.
"The visit was nice," said Pittman. "I got to see the campus again but I've already seen it so many times that it's starting to feel like home. Watching the spring game, I was impressed with the young talent. They got to show off a little bit, overall it was a great trip."
Pittman made sure to take a close look at the defense, especially the front four. With a lot of youth on the field, Pittman came away impressed by the energy displayed on the defensive side of the ball.
"The defense at O-State was great," Pittman said. "Just seeing the young guys out there flying around and making plays showed that they are eager to get out there and start. Watching them get after it and knock some heads off, that was nice."
Pittman's offer list continues to expand and now includes many of the top programs not only in the Midwest, but nationally as well. Because of that, Pittman's early hopes of making a summer decision have gone by the way side.
"(The decision) is going to stretch into my season without a doubt," he said. "More and more offers are pouring in so that makes it even harder. I'm just basically letting everything come in and then I'll make my decision after that."
Early on, Ohio State was considered a heavy favorite for Pittman's services and while new teams have entered the fray and given him plenty to think about, the Buckeyes still sit in good shape with one of Ohio's top prospects.
"They're in a good position," said Pittman of Ohio State. "I'm not going to say they're at the top but they're up there. I'm taking it very seriously as far as my future being there."
While Pittman hasn't officially made any cuts to his list, he does have a group of schools that he says are out in front at the moment.
When asked which schools other than Ohio State are in the mix, he replied, "Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, I'm looking at Tennessee a little bit and Florida, and also Notre Dame."
Pittman was at Notre Dame's spring game not long ago and liked what he saw from the Fighting Irish.
"Notre Dame was nice," he said. "I got to see the tradition a little bit and see how the fans are down there. I also got to see some of their young talent."
This coming weekend, Pittman will be at Michigan State for the Spartans spring game. Michigan State was one of the first schools to show interest in Pittman and the Spartans have made it clear that he is a high priority recruit on their board.
"My thoughts on Michigan State are the same thing as on O-State," he explained. "They play their young guys and the difference with them is that they are trying to get on the map as far as where O-State is at. They are telling me that they need my help to get there and I respect them a lot."
Seeing a lot of these teams play their young talent has clearly caught Pittman's attention. While early playing time won't be in the only factor in his decision, it does weigh heavily with him.
"I'm not going to say it's the biggest part but it plays a key factor in (my decision)," he said. "It's nice to see the young guys given a chance and it's something that I think about and want to do myself."
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