It’s almost impossible not to be a West Virginia fan when you grow up in the Mountaineer state. Yet that fandom wasn’t enough to convince one of the state’s top prospects to stay home for the next step in his career.
On Wednesday, South Charleston star Derrek Pitts Jr. officially picked Penn State as his college destination, giving the cold shoulder to the Mountaineers, not to mention Florida, Oklahoma, Clemson and a host of other top programs. He made the decision in a very West Virginia-feeling ceremony, donning a white Penn State hat off a checkboard tablecloth at a restaurant/sports bar (check out Around the Horn on the TV in the background).
Pitts is expected to be a potentially game-changing defensive back, as he showed with strong ball hawking cornerback skills at The Opening.
Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but his decision to chose Penn State is already a bold one, turning his back on other, bigger programs that are competing for national titles every year. The idea is clearly that with Pitts Jr., Penn State will be in that conversation, too.