January 25, 2011

In the film room: Se'von Pittman

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There's no denying how loaded Ohio is on the defensive line in the 2012 class. Already, more than a handful of prospects are receiving interest on a national level. Over the next year (and perhaps longer) there will be a lot of debate about which prospect is the best of the group but there is no doubt that Canton (Ohio) McKinley product Se'von Pittman will be right in the thick of the discussion.

In this edition of 'In the Film Room' we take a look at Pittman's junior highlights and evaluate what makes him such an outstanding prospect.

What he does well:

  • There's a lot to like about Pittman's film but the first thing that stands out is that he has a tremendous first step. This is arguably the most important attribute at the defensive end position and Pittman excels at it. As soon as the ball is snapped, he fires out and is able to stay low while doing it. Many defensive end prospects that have a quick first step tend to come up too high out of their stance, this isn't an issue with Pittman.

  • Not only is Pittman quick, but he's very strong. He does a great job of using his hands to keep opposing linemen from getting into his body and many times on film is seen throwing blockers to the side to make a big play in the backfield.

  • You always hear coaches and fans talk about defensive linemen having a 'great motor' and Pittman would fall into this category as well. He doesn't give up on plays or give in when there's a double team, he fights until the whistle and chases a lot of plays down from the backside.

  • While Pittman's frame and build may ultimately put him as a base end, his ability to play both the run and the pass equally well makes him an extremely versatile prospect. Coaches love guys that can be moved around based on situation and Pittman is that type of player. Whether it's lining up on the weakside or strongside or even playing without a hand on the ground, Pittman has the skill set to do it all.

  • Where he can improve:

  • Like many good pass rushers, he can have a tendency to get too far up the field too early in the play and thus over-run the action and take himself out of the play. As he matures he will continue to develop his play recognition skills.

  • One thing Pittman certainly benefited from this past season was the presence of another super defensive end, Steve Miller, on the other side. Now Miller certainly benefited from Pittman as well but next year, all of the focus will be on Pittman so it will become more difficult to be as productive as he was this season.

  • Outlook:

    Pittman's early list of interested schools is littered with outstanding programs and coaches that know how to identify top level talent. Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and West Virginia are showing the most interest but as his junior film starts to make the rounds that list will grow exponentially.

    In terms of where Pittman will ultimately rank, he currently sits right in the middle of a group of five outstanding defensive linemen along with Greg McMullen, Chris Wormley, Adolphus Washington, and LaTroy Lewis. The debates will rage about which of these five is the best but Pittman is certainly tracking as a top 10 player in Ohio's loaded 2012 class.

    Marc Givler is a free-lance writer based in Ohio


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