Pittman was a prized defensive end from the 2012 recruiting class. He was originally committed to Michigan State before Urban Meyer became head coach of the Buckeyes in 2011. The then-Spartan commit changed his choice of college to join Meyer and the rising Buckeye program.
He wasn’t present at the Buckeyes first spring practice this week, leaving many to wonder what had happened to once-promising recruit. He was supposed to join the team and earn some playing time after his redshirt season in 2012. He was granted a release from the program earlier this week and will be attending a different school in the fall.
As stated earlier, Pittman was originally committed to Michigan State before Meyer flipped him, as he did with many of his commitments. This has led Michigan State and Ohio State to accrue a bit of bad blood, starting what seems as a budding rivalry.
Pittman came into the program with high expectations, but after a knee injury that forced him out of the 2012 season, he looked to be playing catch-up with the defense and looking at a back-up role next fall.
The reason for Pittman’s departure? Many sources say it had to do with an off-field issue that forced Pittman to aim for a fresh start elsewhere, but playing time has yet to be ruled out.
Many people believe that Pittman is considering a transfer to Louisville if it can be worked out with the Buckeyes, since they have already granted the freshman a release.