That persistent ringing in
ear isn't from one of the bone-jarring hits he administered in East St. John's
opening game last week.
It's the sound one grows accustomed to when you're one of the nation's best
players at your position.
"Man, I've been on the phone all night," exclaimed the Reserve (La.)
standout, a member of the
team and one of the
outside linebackers in the country. "I just got off the phone with coach
(Phil) Fulmer from Tennessee. I also heard from Florida State, Indiana, LSU and
Florida tonight, all in about an hour or so of each other."
Pittman said the Volunteers are trying to make a push to enter his top five. He
currently lists Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami and Texas as his leaders.
"Tennessee is close," he said. "They've got a great program. I know it's a great
football city with a real nice stadium and fans. I like the coaches a lot, too.
I really enjoyed talking to coach Fulmer, so we'll see."
Pittman (6-4, 225, 4.5) is drawing attention from the head man in almost every
case, an indication of just how good a prospect he is. In addition to Fulmer,
he's also spoken with FSU's Bobby Bowden, LSU's Nick Saban, IU's Gerry DiNardo
and Miami's Larry Coker in the last two weeks.
He said he's in the process of setting up some unoffical visits for games. "I'm
not sure when they'll come, but I want to line something up with LSU, Florida,
Florida State and Texas. I was hoping to go to Miami, too, but that's an awfully
long way to go for a football game."
Pittman opened the season with seven tackles and one sack in East St. John's
first game. As a junior, the explosive pass-rusher recorded 40 tackles and 12
sacks despite missing half the season with a fractured thumb.