WR commit Pittman soaks up Florida camp


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.”


  1. 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.

  2. 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 !!

  3. 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!