Pitman to transfer

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Former 4-Star DE Transferring from Ohio State
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Defensive end Se’Von Pittman was absent from the first day of spring practice at Ohio State on Tuesday. Now we know why.

An Ohio State University spokesperson confirmed an early report from The Columbus Dispatch that Pittman is no longer a member of the OSU football team. The redshirt freshman out of Canton McKinley High School has been granted his request to be released from his scholarship at Ohio State.

According to The Canton Repository, Pittman “had a couple off-field issues.” That may have included missing required football meetings during the offseason. A source told us Pittman was “not buying in” to Urban Meyer’s system at Ohio State, which demands a lot from every player in an attempt to maximize potential on and off the field.

“ ‘Pitt’ is a fantastic talent and when he decides to commit himself to the appropriate things to be a successful college student-athlete, I’m sure he will meet that same success again,” former McKinley head coach Ron Johnson told The Repository.

“Hopefully he gets into another program soon. I know there will be people out there who will want his talent and help him meet the goals he established for himself.”

A four-star prospect in the class of 2012, Pittman was rated as the No. 8 weakside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com. He originally committed to play for Michigan State and former OSU defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio, but Pittman flipped his commitment to Ohio State after Meyer took over in November.

The 6-5, 245-pound end graduated early from McKinley and enrolled at Ohio State in time to take part in last year’s spring drills. A sprained knee cost him most of the spring, and Pittman eventually took a redshirt during his rookie season.

He was expected to be in the mix at strongside defensive end behind sophomore Adolphus Washington this spring, but now The Dispatch is reporting that Pittman will seek a transfer to Louisville.

Without Pittman, the Buckeyes used a combination of J.T. Moore and Rashad Frazier, a walk-on transfer from Purdue, to spell Washington on Tuesday. They also have freshman Tracy Sprinkle, who is currently enrolled and taking part in spring ball, as well as 5-star end Joey Bosa who arrives in the summer.

With Pittman’s departure, the Buckeyes are now sitting at 82 scholarships, which is the maximum allowed under the current NCAA sanctions. That number includes 19 freshmen who won’t arrive at Ohio State until June.

It also includes fifth-year senior Jamie Wood, who is attempting to come back from his second shoulder surgery this spring. The safety out of Pickerington Central took part in Ohio State’s first practice on Tuesday, but he was held out of team drills as he continues to recover.

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