Monday, December 12, 2011

Report: Recruit Pittman switches commitment to OSU

The top prospect in MSU's 2012 football recruiting class, Ohio defensive end Se'Von Pittman, has decommitted from MSU and switched to Urban Meyer's Buckeyes, according to Bill Greene of and other outlets.

Pittman committed to MSU in June, but rumors of him wavering on that had been around for a while.

This news comes as Ohio State has been using two coaching staffs: one with Urban Meyer recruiting, and the other working with Luke Fickell for the Gator Bowl. Now while this isn't the first time a team has had this benefit, it has drawn the ire of many, including the Michigan Wolverines.

Here's what Pittman had to say about decommitting from Mark Dantonio and MSU.

While MSU's 2012 class already wasn't highly-ranked, the Spartans were going to have a smaller-than-usual class due to a lack of attrition among current players. I'm not a heavy recruiting guy, but defense end appeared to be the one position MSU could afford to lose a recruit. The current starters, William Gholston and Marcus Rush, are second-year players, and redshirting freshman Shilique Calhoun has been highly-touted.

Nevertheless, Meyer's impact is already being felt in Big Ten country. He also took a top recruit from Penn State today. But MSU's program has been built on the lower-ranked guys, like Ohio natives Jerel Worthy, Le'Veon Bell, and Rush. But you also need the higher-ranked guys like Gholston.

Dantonio wasn't at the Outback Bowl media luncheon today, as he was in Ohio. Maybe he was recruiting, maybe he wasn't. But either way, MSU now has some catching up to do on the recruiting trail with another scholarship available.

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