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Could honesty pay off for Michigan State with WR Mycah Pittman?
Mycah Pittman didn’t know Michigan State was interested until Spartans receivers coach Terrence Samuel traveled across the country armed with an impressive array of knowledge.
When Samuel arrived at Calabasas (Calif.) High on Friday to check on several prospects including Pittman, a 4-star receiver per 247Sports, he left Pittman impressed by how much he knew. Specifically, that the 6-foot sophomore had tied a state record with 380 receiving yards in a game last fall.
“He knew a lot of information about me, which I liked,” Pittman said. “And he told me he’d like to give me a scholarship to Michigan State, which is crazy.”
— mycah pittman '19 (@MycahPittman) April 21, 2017
Add the Spartans to a quickly growing list of suitors. Arizona State offered on Tuesday. His father, former NFL RB Michael Pittman, attended Fresno State, and the Bulldogs have jumped in the mix.
USC has offered, and though his brother plays there, Pittman has yet to find something that blows him away about the Trojans. He knows they offer a lot of prospects. UCLA hasn’t offered, but he hopes they do soon.
“UCLA is a big factor right now,” he said. “I like the campus. I like the area.”
Michigan State could become “a big factor” as well, should Pittman visit. He’d like to plan a trip to East Lansing to see the campus and the facilities, as well as talk to Samuel once again. He already knows he likes the Spartans uniforms and started watching the team several years ago.
Pittman will be looking for two main factors in his recruitment. First off, he has to feel wanted by the coaching staff. And maybe just as important will be his chances of playing as a true freshman. He and Samuel had that discussion.
“I actually told him I would be very interested if I could play early on,” Pittman said. “I’m trying to start freshman year. That’s my interest. And he kept it real with me. He said, ‘If you’re physical, you work hard and you’re better than the senior that’s in front of you,’ he will be more than glad to play [me]. I’m glad he kept it real with me and was honest with me, because some colleges will lie to you and tell you you’ll start right away.”
The Spartans will surely become regulars at Calabasas. In the past month-and-a-half, they have offered 3-star WR Nikko Hall, 3-star OLB Reggie Hughes and now Pittman.
The other two are juniors, but Pittman’s offer came early. And it surprised him a bit. But now that it’s happened, he sees himself strongly considering the Spartans down the road.
“I never knew they were really interested,” Pittman said. “That was probably the first time I heard from [Samuel], and I really liked what he had to say to me. I feel like he’d be a great coach for me at the next level.”
Spartans jump in on two premier prospects
Sometimes there are players you just have to offer, regardless of how unlikely it might be that you land them.
Michigan State could end up reeling in either one of the following two prospects, but with the offer lists they hold, it certainly won’t be easy.
For starters, the Spartans offered 2019 athlete Ronnie Hickman on Tuesday.
— Ronnie Hickman (@asvprocket_) April 25, 2017
Hickman, though just a sophomore, already holds offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State, among others. He attends DePaul Catholic in Wayne, N.J., a school where the Wolverines have found much recruiting success.
And on Wednesday, Michigan State offered Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough junior CB Ken Montgomery. A 3-star prospect per the 247Sports composite, Montgomery stands nearly 6-2 and possesses ideal size for an MSU defensive back.
— Ken Montgomery Jr (@KenKensmiley5) April 26, 2017
Montgomery has had a massive spring and now holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee and USC, among others. Just getting him in for a visit would be a big accomplishment for the Spartans.
And another New Jersey offer
Elijah McAllister doesn’t have quite the same hype surrounding him, but the 3-star Rumson (N.J.) Fair Haven tight end/defensive end is still becoming a national commodity. A Michigan State offer is his latest.
— Big Jah 1️⃣ (@e_mcallister1) April 26, 2017
The 6-6, 230-pound junior has an offer list that also includes Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia. He ranks as the No. 18 prospect in his state.