According to a report from Adam Friedman of Rivals.com on Wednesday, the Penn State Nittany Lions’ football program has added four-star safety Derrek Pitts. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, the up-and-coming defensive back is rated as the No. 19 safety in the country, per Rivals.com.
“That coaching staff is unbelievable,” said Pitts. “They’re on top of everything. They talk to my mom whenever she calls. They invite my family to events with or without me. They’re just on top of everything. I’ve seen a lot of what’s going on in their recruiting right now and that influenced me a lot. They’re putting together a great class right now and I feel like I fit right in with that.”
While landing Pitts as part of the school’s 2017 recruiting class, the Nittany Lions have picked up a player with a knack for finding the football while bringing some physicality to the safety position. In addition, according to 247Sports, Pitts ranks in the top 500 players nationally and stands as the No. 2 safety in the state of West Virginia.
“I went down to the cook out and it was unbelievable,”Pitts added. “My whole family was down there. I fit in with the recruits they have and the players. I was great all around. Nothing was disappointing that day.”
Upon choosing to attend Penn State on Wednesday, Pitts passed on the schools such as the West Virginia Mountaineers, Maryland Terrapins, Ohio State Buckeyes, Clemson Tigers and Louisville Cardinals among many others.