Dec 13, 2011

Top Spartan recruit jumps ship

By Sean Gagnier
Four star defensive end Se'Von Pittman, Canton, OH, has decommitted from Michigan State after a Dec. 9 meeting with Ohio State's Offensive Coordinator Jim Bollman and has committed to Ohio State.

New Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has made what inevitably will be the first of many moves that will make him a thorn in the side of coach Mark Dantonio and Spartan fans for years to come.

The move shouldn't come as too big of a surprise to Spartan fans as Pittman had been publicly wavering on his commitment as soon as the talk of Meyer to Columbus began. Growing up in Ohio the lure to become a Buckeye must just have been to strong when Meyer was tapped to become the head coach.

The weakside defensive end would have added depth to the strong Spartan defensive line; he would likely have been redshirted during the 2012 season before manning the line in 2013. Pittman is ranked 81st overall and 8th at DE according to

With the departure of Pittman the Spartans 2012 draft class loses one of its three four-star recruits - the other two being WR Aaron Burbridge out of Farmington Hills Harrison, Farmington Hills, MI and DE Jamal Lyles out of Lathrup, Southfield, MI. Michigan State retains commitments from 14 recruits with an average recruit ranking of just over a three-star. While the class may not look as impressive of that of Michigan's there is still plenty of time to fill out the class - and Dantonio has a knack for turning two and three-star recruits into stars on the field.

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