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Scouting Report: Michael Pittman

by Jeremy Shapiro

USC commit and Oaks Christian (Calif.) wide receiver Michael Pittman continued his torrid start to the season on Friday against Venice, racking up 5 catches for 83 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception despite playing a little over one quarter. The Lions jumped out to a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter, prompting the coaching staff to take Pittman out of the game on offense to allow his teammates to get more opportunities. Pittman also had a weaving, 73-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter that was negated due to a holding call.

Pittman, the son of retired NFL running back Michael Pittman who played the majority of his 11-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals, boasts a strong football pedigree. The dynamic 2016 USC pledge now has 26 catches, 523 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns throughout the first three games of the season.


-Pittman is a big target at 6-foot-4, 205-pounds, and can climb the ladder and high point the ball consistently.

-His ability to keep his balance and display flexibility on jump balls makes him a dangerous red zone threat.

-Not a quick-twitch athlete, but deceptively agile for his size.

Receiving Ability

-Physical receiver who uses his size to his advantage by boxing out defenders.

-Shows strong, sticky hands to snatch the football away from his frame.

-Tracks the deep ball very naturally over his outside shoulder.

Receiving Technique

-Has an extensive command of the route tree and thrives when working the middle of the field.

-Possesses fluid hips when reaching the top of his routes and crisp angles out of his breaks.

-Displays effort as a blocker, engaging with defenders and getting a powerful push at contact.

Running Talent

-The long-strider will eat up cushion against off-man coverage and has a propensity to get behind the defense.

-Shows an initial burst off the line, but takes time to work up to his top speed.

-Capable of moving well laterally with the ball and exhibiting creativity and vision as a runner.


Pittman possesses the size, hands and athletic ability to develop into a weapon for the Trojans once he gets acclimated to the improved level of competition.

Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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