This past October, Class of 2016 wide receiver Michael Pittman verbally committed to UCLA. By June 10 Pittman had decided to go a different direction. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound, highly regarded wide out decommitted from UCLA, naming USC and Oregon as his top two colleges.
On July 4 the Trojans' coaching staff got a little something more to cheer about when Pittman decided to stay in the Los Angeles area for college.
The Oaks Christian standout is a two-way star, lining up at wide receiver and safety flexing his 4.4 speed on both sides of the ball. This fall he also is expected to see time at linebacker to help slow opponents' running games.
During an interview with Pittman back in January, when asked if he was a hard or soft commitment to UCLA he responded saying, “Right now I am a soft verbal.”
During the same interview when asked which schools he may officially visit during his senior year he added, “I don’t know where I am going yet. I might use one on USC, one to UCLA, one maybe to Notre Dame – I’ll have to wait for all my final offers my senior year before I figure it all out.”
Pittman made the announcement during a family Fourth of July gathering becoming the third wide receiver commitment for USC in the 2016 recruiting class.
USC Trojans 2016 Commitment List
LB Daelin Hayes, 6-4, 250 lbs, Skyline HS, Ann Arbor, Michigan
LB Jordan Iosefa, 6-2, 216 lbs, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii
LB Mique Juarez, 6-2, 222 lbs, North HS, Torrance, California
DE Liam Jimmons, 6-4, 240 lbs, Huntington Beach HS, Huntington Beach, California
DE Keanu Saleapaga, 6-5, 270 lbs, La Mirada HS, La Mirada, California
DT Keyshon Camp, 6-4, 275 lbs, Lake Gibson HS, Lakeland, Florida
OT Frank Martin, 6-5, 300 lbs, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, California
OT Nathan Smith, 6-7, 264 lbs, Murrieta Mesa HS, Murrieta, California
TE Cary Angeline, 6-7, 230 lbs, Dowingtown East HS, Exton, Pennsylvania
RB Melquise Stovall, 5-8, 180 lbs, Paraclete HS, Lancaster, California
QB Matt Fink, 6-3, 185 lbs, Glendora HS, Glendora, California
WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, 6-2, 205 lbs, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee, Georgia
WR Velus Jones Jr., 5-11, 180 lbs, Saraland HS, Saraland, Alabama
WR Michael Pittman, 6-4, 205 lbs, Oaks Christian HS, Thousand Oaks, California
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.