Prized recruit Pittman switches commitment
It happened. The rumors that have long circulated came to be truth tonight.
The first confirmation of the switch was from Josh Buchanan earlier, saying, “Four star defensive end Sevon pittman getting a visit from urban Meyer tonight. Will commit to Ohio state and decommit from Michigan state.”
Buchanan said the source of his information was “someone close to Pittman.”
Bill Greene of Scout.com broke the story around 10 p.m, which set off the world of Twitter.
Pittman is a four-star defensive end from Canton McKinley High School in Ohio. He committed to MSU in June, and since then, the rumors have been saying he would switch back to Ohio State if a new coach was hired or after the NCAA sanctions were announced.
He told Rivals.com that the only reason he switched was Meyer.
“Honestly, I probably would have (stuck with Michigan State),” Pittman told Rivals.com, according to the Detroit News. “Coach Dantonio is a great coach and he’s a great person, period. For me to leave a coach like that, (Meyer) had to be a great coach and a great person too and everything he told me was what I wanted to hear to be comfortable enough to leave. I called (Dantonio) and let him know and just flat-out told him. He’s a great man and a great coach and I would have loved to have played for him but at the same time, I had to follow my heart.”
He had said he was 100 percent committed to MSU, but that never stopped the rumors from swirling. Once his girlfriend, Ameryst Alston, committed to Ohio State for basketball on Nov. 8, that just fueled the theory he would ultimately end up in Columbus.
The hiring of Meyer additionally led to speculation that Pittman would change his “soft verbal” commitment to MSU. This is the part of the current OSU situation that has everyone annoyed, especially U of M athletic director Dave Brandon: OSU currently has two coaching staffs and was granted that waiver by the NCAA. All that Meyer is doing is recruiting full-time.
On another note, last week, Pittman’s coach at McKinley, Ron Johnson, said this to the Lansing State Journal, “It’s disappointing. He’s given his word to coach Dantonio and you stress real hard on commitment and integrity and character, and it disappoints me.
On another note, this story from Matt Dorsey of the Free Press is an interesting take on the recruiting in the Big Ten and how coaches back off actively recruiting other Big Ten teams’ commitments — and how Meyer is not of this stock.