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SEC schools in the recruitment
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s SEC rivals already have circled two California wide receivers as future targets.
The Vols might not be far behind.
Alabama and Florida have reached out and begun the recruiting process on Class of 2019 prospect Mycah Pittman Jr. Neither school has offered yet, but those offers surely will come soon. Pittman holds notable offers from UCLA, USC and Michigan State.
Pittman’s teammate Johnny Wilson classifies as a sophomore and is a part of the Class of 2020. He has received notable offers from UCLA, USC and Oregon after just one year of play in high school.
Two of the best wide receivers in California don’t seem as if they would have much of a connection with Tennessee, but that’s exactly the case with Pittman Jr. and Wilson.
Why would Pittman and Wilson consider Tennessee, or any other SEC school for that matter, in their recruitment when the likes of USC and UCLA already have made their interests very clear?
Well, Pittman and Wilson play for Calabasas High School, where the coach is Casey Clausen and the offensive coordinator is Rick Clausen. The brothers played in 61 games at quarterback for Tennessee from 2000-05.
Rick Clausen said he believes his star wideouts would be open to the idea of playing outside the Golden State when their college choices come around.
“They are not localized to California,” Clausen said. “They want to see what else the country has to offer.”
Coaches with the best interests of their players at heart never would force a prospect to play or consider anywhere he wouldn’t want to go. Pittman and Wilson sound open to the idea of playing on the other side of the country, though, and if that’s the case, then the Volunteers should jump into the recruitment immediately.
“We talked to coach [Tennessee’s Butch] Jones, and I think they are going to get on Pittman,” Clausen said when asked about Pittman’s potential recruitment by the Volunteers.
Jones already follows Pittman on Twitter, so the process already might have begun.
Pittman and Wilson aren’t undeserving prospects; their coaches aren’t trying to convince college coaches to give them a look. The offers lists for both players prove the teams on the West Coast believe in the ability of each player.
The ratings back up the offers, too.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Pittman rates as a 4-star prospect and the No. 10 wide receiver in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
“Mycah is a running back in a wide receiver’s body,” Clausen said. “With the ball in his hands, he makes unbelievable plays.”
Pittman put up great numbers in his sophomore season. He caught 55 passes for 1,329 yards and 10 touchdowns. He tied the California state single-game record for receiving yards in one game with 380.
Wilson might be an even more tantalizing prospect to college coaches, though. He stands 6-5, weighs 210 and “runs like a deer,” according to his offensive coordinator.
Those measurables can put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses, specifically the cornerbacks.
Wilson had 58 receptions for 855 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016. He really came on at the end of the season. In his final two games, Wilson caught 18 passes for 169 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Wilson rates as a 4-star prospect and the No. 4 wide receiver in his class, according to 247Sports.
Calabasas is breaking in a new sophomore quarterback this season, so the passing stats have not been prolific. Pittman still has 10 catches for 128 yards, and Wilson has 7 catches for 125 yards and 1 touchdown.
Pittman and Wilson represent two premier wide receivers who Tennessee potentially has an inside track because of their coaches.
The lack of offers from the SEC likely will change once the word gets out that Pittman and Wilson have open minds about playing outside California.
Rick Clausen said he anticipates Jones and Tennessee will jump into the recruitment soon. With prospects this good, it can’t come soon enough.
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