June 13th, 2011 10:11am

WR commit Pittman soaks up Florida camp

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Just standing among his fellow campers, Citra, Fla., North Marion receiver LaTroy Pittman looks the part of a big-time receiver.

But unlike his peers, Pittman (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) already has what most of them are grinding for — a scholarship offer and a commitment to his college of choice.

Pittman was, in fact, Florida’s first verbal pledge for the Class of 2012, a distinction that’s not lost on him.

“It’s special. Overall I’m just proud to be a Gator,” he said after his spring game against Gainesville High last month. “It’s great that they chose to give me an offer.”

They were the previous coaching staff, and Pittman was offered after a standout performance at Friday Night Lights. He spoke with Urban Meyer privately then came back to UF’s first fall practice, where the coaches made it clear how much they wanted him. Two weeks later he was a Gator.

“I’m a fan of Florida,” Pittman said, “so it was a dream to even be offered.”

Sunday, Pittman was back in Gainesville, showing off in front of his new coaching staff at Day 2 of the Will Muschamp Gators football camp.

“It felt great just getting out there, getting a feel for Coach (Aubrey) Hill, how he coaches and how he sees me,” he said. “As far as hands-on and doing drills, that was the first time I really got to see how he would coach me.”

Pittman said he met Hill shortly after the former Gator was hired as receivers coach (and recruiting coordinator). The two began bonding immediately and Hill made it clear what he expected of Pittman.

Fighting through intense heat on Sunday, Pittman undoubtedly made his future position coach proud.

“I don’t want to leave,” he said after spending some time in the UF football offices after camp. “I’m ready.”

He’ll have to keep waiting, though. Pittman will play his senior season this fall, take four official visits to other college campuses (because they’re free trips) and wrap it all up with an official to Florida before he enrolls in January.

He’s also planning to come back to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights, where it all began a year ago.

Being in Gainesville feels very much like home to Pittman, and there’s one more thing that brings him out to camps and motivates him to work when his choice has already been made.

“I like to do some recruiting. Just trying to get the best class in the nation to come to Florida,” he said. “Great guys want to play with great guys.

“I also just come out to compete, show why I deserve to go to Florida.”

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14 Comments

  1. June 13th, 2011 10:23 am

    Go GATORS! LaTroy, we welcome you to gator nation with open arms!

    by GatorsEverywhere


  2. June 13th, 2011 10:54 am

    cant wait to get big time WR’s like pittman and getting good passing game again. gator nation is happy to have you latroy!

    by travis


  3. June 13th, 2011 10:55 am

    Love this young man’s attitude.
    Welcome to the Gator Nation, LaTroy. Keep working on your fellow recruits so you can be a part of a special class in Gainesville!

    by atl john


  4. June 13th, 2011 12:36 pm

    Great athlete and an even better young man. Coach Damon has done a remarkable job molding these kids into what this region has so much NORTHSIDE pride in! Go Colts….

    by Davido


  5. June 13th, 2011 1:39 pm

    It always helps having a stud like Pittman recruiting on behalf of UF.

    by npgator


  6. June 13th, 2011 5:12 pm

    To all the Gator Nation……..WE WILL BE OK, WE WILL GET BACK TO TRUE GATOR FOOTBALL. GO GATORS!!!!

    by MDGator


  7. June 13th, 2011 5:13 pm

    ITS GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR!!!!

    by MDGator


  8. June 13th, 2011 5:24 pm

    I’m going to tell you this about Aubrey Hill… these WR’s are going to run routes very well, they’re going to get open, and they’re going to actually spread the field in Weis’ offense. Wies has never had this sort of WR talent to work with before except in the pro’s, and there isn;t going to be anymore taking plays off and just being a downfield blocker for a QB keeper run or a jet sweep in this offense. After I watched that first game last season against Maimi, Ohio, I had a bad sinking feeling about our offense. I blew it off as first-game jitters, but by the Bama debacle, I knew we were in seriously deep ca-ca as an offense. This offense will undoubtedly have a couple of games in the fiurst half of the season where it will struggle because the players are getting acclimated, but by game #8 and afterwards, this Gator offense will begin to click well. By Game #10 and after they’re going to be in a groove.

    by Gator Todd


  9. June 13th, 2011 9:19 pm

    welcome aboard young man. its an honor to have talent that bleeds orange and blue. cant wait to see you on the field!

    IGTBAG!

    by gog8ters!


  10. June 14th, 2011 7:24 am

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  11. June 14th, 2011 8:32 am

    you hit it tom ! we all saw the first game with miami ohio & were shocked at how far that offense had fallen … and shame on those coaches for the lack of improvement.. granted Brantley still has so very much to prove , but he’ll at least have a more favorable framework to operate in.. plus the MAJOR coaching upgrade in Mustchomp,Weiss and others. Im so excited about this season as it unfolds.. work em silly Gators !! Git er Done !!

    by sir chomps alot


  12. June 14th, 2011 10:36 am

    Welcome to Gator Nation. It’s nice to see a kid like this on the team. Seems like a good character guy.

    by JD


  13. June 14th, 2011 8:52 pm

    This is really a great kid!!! He works hard, in school and on the field and he is the type player we want at UF! Marion County is proud to be sending one of our finest to the greatest University in the world! Can’t wait for him to be named 1st team All American, cause it’s coming!

    by John C


  14. June 16th, 2011 1:15 pm

    GO TROYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!!!
    I KNOW YOUR GONNA DO GOOD FRIENDD ( : LOVE YOUU .

    by SHAWNTEL


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