March 7, 2011

Pittman reflects on great visit

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Sunday's junior day at Ohio State didn't have great quantity but it certainly made up for that in quality as a handful of the top prospects in Ohio were on hand. One of the major headliners of the group was Canton McKinley defensive end Se'von Pittman. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect was one of three prospects in attendance that held an offer coming into the day and Pittman came away impressed with what he saw.

"My visit was good," Pittman said. "Seeing coach Jim Tressel and coach Jim Heacock again was good and seeing the facilities was good, too."

The Buckeye basketball team certainly put on a show for everyone in attendance as they put up a big 28-point win over Wisconsin in the regular season finale.

"The atmosphere was just, wow," Pittman explained. "The fans were going crazy. It was a great atmosphere."

As a prospect with tremendous versatility, everyone seems to have their own opinion on where Pittman will ultimately play at the next level. The Ohio State staff is recruiting Pittman as a strongside end and Pittman was able to go over some things with the Buckeyes' staff in terms of where he would potentially fit in on the team.

"We just talked about where I stand at in their program," Pittman said. "We talked about how beneficial I am for the program and also academics and stuff like that."

So where did this visit stack up with the others that he has taken?

"It's up there with the best of them," Pittman said. "Just for the fact that it was O-State, and seeing all the people and everything was real good. It was just a good atmosphere, being around positive people."

Pittman wasn't the only Canton area recruit in attendance as Buckeye commit and Glen Oak high school running back Bri'onte Dunn also made the two-hour trip south.

"We just talked about playing each other in the regular season and how big that game was going to be, just playing around," Pittman said.

Pittman has worked in as many unofficial visits this winter as possible as he tries to balance his football recruitment with his basketball season. The McKinley hoops squad downed rival North Canton Hoover in its last playoff game which sets up a Wednesday match-up with defending state runner-up Massillon Jackson.

"It's very exciting," he explained. "At the same time, I've got to make time for football and make time for basketball. Right now I'm just trying to manage my time."


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