In November, Ole Miss commitment Jamiyus Pittman told Saturday Down South that he was recovering from a broken fibula, but he couldn’t wait to get back on the field.
“I’m hyped up and ready to go,” Pittman told SDS at the time. “I’m showing the Ole Miss fans what they got coming.”
But this week, Pittman decided not to accept the Rebels’ offer of a grayshirt–which means he would sit out next fall and enter Ole Miss in Jan. 2015, counting against the next class. Instead, the Georgia native decided he would drop his commitment to the Rebels and he’d climb on board with BCS bowl-game winner UCF. He’s a three-star prospect who also held SEC offers from Arkansas and Kentucky.
His high school coach, Colquitt County (Ga.) mentor Rush Propst, has had several players go on to grayshirt over the years with no negative effects, but the coach said the 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle didn’t want to go that route.
“A grayshirt would be an advantage for him, in my opinion,” Propst told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “It gives you an extra year to mature and work on nothing but your body and your rehab. The grayshirt is good for the body of a kid who has been starting four years of high school in one of those brutal leagues. I think if a kid has had any type of injury–from a concussion to a knee to an ankle–think the grayshirt is an advantage for that kid to say away from football for a little bit.”