Pitts Looking Good in Early Season

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5-10, 195-pound tailback T.J. Pitts has helped North Hall High School to a 3-0 start to the 2005 season. In the 3 games, he has totaled over 400 yards rushing and scored 8 touchdowns as North Hall made it through what Head Coach Bob Christmas calls “the toughest games on our schedule.”

“In the first game, he rushed for 215 yards,” Christmas said, referring to Pitts. “In the second he had 108 yards in the first half. He only played one half. In our third game, he had 111 yards. The other team was keying in on him throughout the game. He also had 1 catch on a swing pass that went for 60 yards.”

Maybe not the biggest back, Pitts has used his speed and toughness to rack-up the yards.

“He’s only 195-pounds, but T.J. will run over you,” Christmas said. “His legs never stop going. Once he gets in the open he puts it into that other gear. Players think they have the angle and they don’t.”

Pitts continues to be recruited by some top SEC schools such as Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. He holds offers from several ACC programs including North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Only one thing is holding Pitts back from more offers.

“T.J. hasn’t qualified yet,” Christmas said. “He takes the ACT on the 25th or 26th of this month. The first weekend in October is the SAT, and he’ll take that then. His core [GPA] is fine. I fully expect him to pass on these tests and to qualify. But he hasn’t taken his tests yet, so consequently no one can have him in for an official visit.

“Georgia told me they want him and that he’s one of the top 2 running backs in the state that’s on their list. I talk to Anthony [Poindexter of UVa] a lot, and he says they want him badly. I haven’t talked to Tech in the last month or so.”

Virginia and Virginia Tech may be in good shape to receive a visit, either official or unofficial.

“He talks a lot about UVa,” Christmas said, referring to Pitts. “Anthony has been recruiting him from Virginia. I think that they might have a little bit of an edge. Because of my connections with Virginia and Virginia Tech, I think both of them have as good a shot as any other school.”

Pitts, who cannot take an official visit until he receives an ACT or SAT test score, will likely take any official visits following the season.

“Unless we get the test results back and we can find time for him to visit,