The clock is ticking for guys like Dexter Pittman. With so many prospects taking their names off of the recruiting board, the 6-foot-10, 300-plus pound big man from Rosenburg (Texas) Terry High School knows he's next in line for a decision. With one more planned official visit, the center is getting ready to make his future plans known.
Since showing off his nimble feet and soft hands over the summer, college coaches have made it a point to get in good with the big Texan.
Arizona State, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M are all in the picture. He'll meet with the Aggies this weekend at Texas A&M, then it's to Oklahoma State, his dad's alma mater, the week after and then the trips end at Texas in mid-October.
Pittman said Arizona State, FSU and Texas have emerged as his three leaders. Texas seems to always pop us as his favorite.
"I'm going to go out there for Midnight Madness and check them out. I can't wait," Pittman said. "They've been recruiting me since my junior year. That's when I first started talking to coach Barnes. Right now, I just want to get up there and see what they have to say. They've got a good program there. I feel like I could help them a lot when I'm a freshman in the post area since they don't have a lot of guys inside. I'm liking that.
"I should make my decision when I get back from my trip to Texas. I'm checking them out and seeing the recruits they have coming in. They are building a franchise."
Both Arizona State and Florida State have a common connection. Pittman's father played for both Rob Evans and Leonard Hamilton while they were at Oklahoma State. The younger Pittman has already visited both programs.
"I liked it a lot. It's pretty cool out there," Pittman said. "Coach Hamilton coached is a real cool guy."
"I liked it out there, too," Pittman said of Arizona State. "Coach Evans is another cool guy. If I were to go out there, I know I could start right away depending on how hard I work."
Pittman said he's close but just needs to make a handful of visits and then he'll be ready to take his name off the list, too.