David Pittman thought he could be a quarterback at a major college coming out of high school. The recruiters, convinced he was a wide receiver or defensive back, didn't seem to agree.
So the Brookwood graduate took the junior college route to prove his QB skills and it paid off with his recent commitment to Minnesota.
"I'm real happy for David," said Brookwood head coach Mark Crews, who heard about Pittman's commitment when the QB stopped by his old high school on Tuesday. "I love that kid. He went out there and showed everybody what he knew he could do in the first place."
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder played the past two seasons at Pasadena City College (Calif.), throwing for 6,346 yards and 61 touchdowns with just 22 interceptions as a two-year starter. He also rushed for 879 yards and eight more scores in his career.
Pittman, who led Brookwood to the 2005 state championship game as a senior, completed 303 of 453 passes this past season for 3,643 yards and 35 TDs.
Rivals.com, which ranked him as the 26th-best junior college recruit nationally, listed Pittman as also having scholarship offers from Ole Miss, UCLA, Washington State, Idaho, North Carolina A&T and Arizona State.
Minnesota, whose head coach Tim Brewster also went to Pasadena, runs a spread offense.
"I was very impressed with everything about Minnesota," Pittman told Minnesota's gopherillustrated.com. "I really loved the atmosphere and the camaraderie among the staff and players. It just seemed like a perfect fit for me. It is really hard to sit back and try to come up with a highlight of the trip to Minnesota (on Dec. 7) because there are so many different things I was impressed with.
"I mean, they just have everything you could ask for. One of the things that really impressed me was getting a chance to tour the foundation of the new stadium. I cannot wait to be a part of the team that will open it up."