Fast, flashy, smart, and a natural are just some of the words you could use to describe South Charleston High School senior safety Derrek Pitts. After watching only a few seconds of his highlight tape it is easy to understand why this kid is a four-star recruit and has a long list of power five schools across the country offering Pitts a scholarship.
Pitts started from the moment he arrived at South Charleston High School as a Freshman and put up big numbers his Sophomore and Junior year attracting attention from schools like: Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Penn State, and WVU just to name a few. He recently cut his list of schools down to ten but is still weighing his options on what school to officially commit to.
“Me and my family are working on it, we are taking as many visits as we can. If we can’t take a visit then we are trying to talk to the coaches to see how they want to use me in their schemes. We really haven’t narrowed it down except the top ten.”
Pitts’ top ten schools according to his Twitter page in no particular order: WVU, Maryland, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Pitt, Toledo, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, and Marshall.
The player recently attended a camp at WVU in June and also worked out with a familiar face in the NFL, Tyrann Mathieu while visiting family in Arizona. For Pitts, it was a surreal moment to work out with the NFL player.
“It was a good moment for me but at the same time he (Mathieu) was working so hard and in my mind I was trying to out work him. But he (Mathieu) was doing some crazy stuff I’ve never seen before.”
High School athletes going into their Senior year want to finish strong for many various reasons. When I ask most kids what is the ultimate goal heading into their final year, 9 out of 10 will say state title. Touche, I get that but when you dig a little deeper, these kids usually want to finish strong in a larger facet of areas. Pitts is no different.
“Of course I want to accomplish a state title but I want to accomplish becoming a better player, a better teammate. There’s a lot I’d like to do for this year.”
In-state talent is only getting better every year. WVU fans everywhere should hope to see this talented four-star safety stay in the Mountain State and play for the Mountaineers in 2017 and there’s a great chance. After all, WVU is on his top ten list.
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