Following an impressive career at Canton McKinley, four-star defensive end Se'Von Pittman signed with Ohio State in February of 2012.
Pittman left Ohio State a year later, and has gone back through the recruiting process. After narrowing his choices to Akron, Tennessee and Kentucky, Pittman has chosen to transfer to head coach Terry Bowden and the Zips.
"I have transferred to Akron, and I chose their program over Kentucky and Tennessee," Pittman stated Thursday morning. "I messed up at Ohio State and have only myself to blame for that. There were a lot of questions about why I left, and Akron discussed the issues with me and I felt they were ready to let the past be the past. I have no legal issues or academic issues at all, and I'm coming to Akron very humble and looking to contribute how I can."
"Like a lot of football players before me, I owe a lot to (former Ohio State head coach) Jim Tressel, and he played a big part in me coming to Akron," he added. "Coach Tress is not coaching at Akron, but he is still involved helping young people, like he always has in the past. Coach (Terry) Bowden went to Coach Tressel and asked about me, both as a person and as a player. Coach Tress knew me since I was a sophomore in high school, and we were very close."
"Coach Tress and I had that chemistry where we knew each other well and really had that type of relationship," Pittman continued. "A lot has changed for the both of us the past few years, but it seems like God brought us back together. Everything happens for a reason. Once Coach Bowden mentioned my name to Coach Tressel, he was like "we gotta get him in here" and I appreciate that."
Pittman, 6-foot-5, 260-pounds, will sit out the 2013 season at Akron and will be eligible to play in the fall of 2014. He will practice with the team this season.
"I feel very comfortable with Coach Bowden, and he is a great guy," he admitted. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, and he has been to the highest level of college football when he was in the SEC. I will be doing everything this year but playing in the games, and I'm anxious to get the pads on."
Although college football transfers can get quite messy on occasion, Ohio State worked with Pittman to ensure he found the right school. They did not block Pittman from attending any university in America, which is rare.
"Ohio State was great to me, and I need to thank them for all they did for me, especially (administrative assistant) Greg Gillum and (defensive line coach) Mike Vrabel," he explained. "They have said throughout this process that I should call them if I needed anything, and they would help me in any way. They said they were only a phone call away."
"Them talking to me that way really humbled me, because it let me know I still have family there and a lot of good friends at Ohio State," he continued. "They were honest and fair to me the whole way. I've grown up through my mistakes and I'm hopeful of being able to help other young guys through what happened to me. I want to be the person I'm supposed to be, and be accountable to the Akron program."