Canton McKinley star defensive end Se'Von Pittman has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and the four-star prospect is set to enroll in March. Going through spring football will give Pittman a leg up on his freshman defensive end teammates, Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence.
Pittman, 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, is versatile enough to play anywhere on the defensive line, and his frame still has room to add both bulk and weight.
GREENE ON PITTMAN: The first time I saw Se'Von was after his freshman year at Canton McKinley, and I thought he had a chance to be a star. I was listing him as one of the top prospects in Ohio for the 2012 class before he ever played a down of varsity football, and kept him there even when he played sparingly as a sophomore.
It was just so apparent that a player with his size, speed, desire and work ethic could not fail, and he certainly didn't. Once he started seeing the field as a junior, the vast potential started to become reality. And as a senior, he was even better. Se'Von is nowhere near reaching his potential even yet, and his best football lies ahead of him. He has a chance to be a star at the college level.
PITTMAN'S HEAD COACH Ron Johnson:
What are Pittman's strengths on the football field? "He plays with a great motor, like Miller, and he's just as relentless. Where he's different from Stevie is that Pitt plays with an edge, in that he plays angry. He plays maliciously on the field, and that's not a bad thing at all for a defensive lineman. He's a wonderful kid and a lot of fun off the field, but he's very mean on the field. And coaches love that, believe me."
What does Pittman need to do to be even better? "He needs to learn to play with his butt down, and use his leverage. I tell him all the time that the only way he could play higher would be to grow a few more inches. He needs to sink his hips and stay low, and quit looking to make plays. He needs to trust in his technique like Steve Miller does, and understand the play will find you if you do what you're supposed to do. He's just so talented and so gifted, that sometimes he gets a little high and tries to find the ball and run to it. He needs to take care of his business and let the ball find him."
PITTMAN ON CHOOSING OHIO STATE:
While Meyer deserves much of the credit for Ohio State's current rise in the recruiting world, Fickell played a huge role in landing Pittman.
"I cannot say enough about Luke Fickell," Pittman said. "He never gave up on his thought that I needed to be at Ohio State. Even when he didn't know if he would be staying on or not, he kept telling me what I would get out of being a Buckeye would last me a lifetime, just like it did for him. That impressed me so much."
"For Coach Fickell, my thoughts are that any man that goes from being a head coach, to go back to being an assistant coach, must really love coaching so much," he added. "That speaks a lot about Coach Fickell, and a lot about Ohio State, and that might be the biggest reason I'm going to be a Buckeye. I can't say enough good things about Coach Fickell, to be truthful."