One more Rockachaw is off the board. Again.
Two days after re-opening his recruitment, St. Stanislaus tight end Darius Pittman announced Wednesday he has committed to Purdue.
Pittman originally committed to new Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm when Brohm was at Western Kentucky. But when the coach landed the Purdue job Dec. 5, Pittman opted to reconsider his first choice.
“I am excited to announce that I am committed to Purdue University to further my education and football career,” Pittman tweeted. “... Can’t wait to wear that OLD GOLD AND BLACK! #BoilerUp #boilernation.”
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When Pittman decommitted, he had yet to receive a Purdue offer and said his only locked-in official visit was to Colorado State in January. Brohm remained in touch with Pittman during the transition and it’s clear the new Boilermaker wanted to bring familiar players with him to West Lafayette, Indiana.
“I have been in contact with Coach Brohm but we’ll see what happens,” Pittman told the Sun Herald on Monday. “He’s been patient with me. He said if you want to stay with Western Kentucky, they’re a good staff, but if you want to open your options to see what else is out there, go ahead.”
According to Rivals.com, the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Pittman is Purdue’s 15th commitment. Rivals rates Pittman as a three-star receiver, one of three pledged to Purdue.
Pittman should fit in nicely in Brohm’s open offense. As a senior this year, Pittman caught 61 passes for 690 yards and nine touchdowns. Last season, Pittman had 56 catches for 926 yards and nine TDs.
Pittman, who also holds offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Texas San Antonio, Troy, Nicholls State, UAB and Idaho, joins receiver Corbin Blanchard (Air Force) as committed Rockachaws. Quarterback Myles Brennan and fellow tight end Chase Rogers both recently re-opened their recruiting after committing to LSU and Tennessee, respectively.