October 17, 2011

Pittman beginning to view things like a Spartan

When Se'Von Pittman returned to school on Monday at Canton (Ohio) McKinley High, his official visit to Michigan State over the weekend was a hot topic of conversation.

McKinley head coach Ron Johnson spoke with Pittman about the visit, Monday morning. All reviews were highly positive, Johnson said.

"Se'Von said it was great; he said everything about it was great," Johnson said. "He said he had a really good time."

Pittman has done only infrequent interviews since committing to Michigan State in the summer. Pittman's surprising unofficial visit to Ohio State for a game earlier this season caused a measure of hope in Buckeye fan circles that the state's No. 3 player might re-open his recruitment and consider the Buckeyes.

Johnson said Pittman visited Ohio State that day in order to watch former McKinley teammate Steve Miller play for the Buckeyes. Johnson told BuckeyeGrove.com - Ohio State's Rivals.com site - after the visit that Pittman was still 100 percent committed to the Spartans.

Johnson said Pittman's visit to Michigan State over the weekend drew Pittman even closer to the Spartan program.

"He was talking in terms of 'we' instead of 'they,' as in 'We beat Michigan,'" Johnson said. "So they're in."

Pittman and McKinley teammate Jermaine Edmondson, also a Michigan State commitment, headed north to East Lansing right after participating in McKinley's 41-0 victory North Canton Hoover on Friday.

"Jermaine had a great time too," Johnson said. "He is having a great year for us and he can see himself fitting in at Michigan State. He knows he has some work to do in the weight room and that kind of thing but he is really impressed with what they're doing on defense."

Edmondson weighed in at 6-2, 167 last week, Johnson said.

"He has four picks this year, he has taken three of them back for touchdowns," Johnson said." He is just really, really fast with the ball in his hands."

Edmondson was as star tailback in high school in California before moving to Canton and switching to defensive back last year.

"We have other guys that can return kicks here and we are letting them do that here and we're not going to put him at risk in that because he is a cover corner and with what we're doing defensively," Johnson said. "But when he gets his ball on his hands, he takes it to the house."

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is the Spartans' primary recruiter in the Canton area.

"Pat and I talk frequently," Johnson said. "We worked together for a number of years at Miami and we are pretty good friends and we talk all the time and I know they are excited about having them (Pittman and Edmondson) in the program."

Pittman, ranked the No. 80 player in America and the No. 9 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, measured in at 6-5, 262 last week. He has 63 tackles on the season, including 12 tackles for loss and six sacks.

"He is really playing well," Johnson said. "We are moving him all over up front. He is playing inside and outside. We are attacking personnel with his alignment."

Pittman caught the eye of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne head coach Jay Minton during Canton McKinley's 32-31 victory over Wayne on Sept. 3.

"He will probably be a d-end at the next level, but take your choice, oh man, where do you want to play him?" Minton said. "Shoot, he's got that body type that anybody would die for. And his athleticism is unbelievable. He was very talented."

In what ways?

"Speed, strength, quickness coming off the edge and they even moved him inside some," Minton said. "They moved him all around and did some nice things with him. So there is some versatility with his ability to go inside and outside. Gosh, I wish they hadn't have moved him both inside and outside, but they did. He's a force."

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