Having the desire to stay close to home, one of Southern Methodist University’s newest players picked the Mustangs over several out of state schools.
Bryan High School’s Torlan Pittman is excited about his decision to go to SMU.
“I wanted to stay close to home,” Pittman told PonyStampede.com. “With Coach (June) Jones, the future at SMU looks bright. I can’t wait to get there next month.”
Pittman, a 6-foot-0, 275-pound athlete that runs a 5.0 forty, earned District Defensive End MVP honors, First team All-District and all Central Texas First team honors. He ended his junior season with over 70 tackles and five sacks.
Pittman got the opportunity to visit several of the Mustang’s spring practices, coming away from the Hilltop very impressed.
“The team looked really nice,” Pittman said. “I was really excited to see how many fans showed up for the spring game. It seems that a lot of Mustangs fans are excited about the future at SMU.”
The standout defensive lineman has spent most of the spring working out six days a week preparing himself for the next stage of his life.
“I have been working out with a personal trainer getting ready to take my game to the next level,” Pittman said. “I’m in really good shape right now; I’m currently bench pressing around 335.”
According to Pittman, the new SMU coaching staff has high expectations for the incoming freshman.
“They are telling me they hope I see playing time as a true freshman,” Pittman said. “That’s my goal, I want to see early playing time and help the Mustangs win a lot more games this fall.”
Pittman plans on enrolling at SMU for the second summer session with his arrival date to the Hilltop scheduled for June 29th.
Pittman chose the Mustangs over Louisiana Lafayette and Louisiana Monroe among several other smaller schools.