Colquitt County (Ga.) three-star DT Jamiyus Pittman decommitted from Ole Miss and officially joined UCF's 2014 recruiting class, he told Knights247.
Jamiyus Pittman visited UCF on Nov. 9 and is now officially a Knight.
Pittman, rated the No. 57 defensive tackle in the Class of 2014, becomes the 14h member of UCF's current recruiting cycle. He informed George O'Leary and the coaching staff of his decision Saturday.
"I just told him (O'Leary) that I was coming to UCF," Pittman said. "He said he'll come up here to see me soon."
Pittman is UCF's 8th commitment from Georgia, joining Tyler Harris, Mike Rogers, Joey Connors, Wyatt Miller, Chavis Dickey, AJ Wooten and preferred walk-on Mac Loudermilk. He'll make the trip to UCF with his fellow commits for an official visit to UCF on Jan. 17.
"So pumped to have my boy @pittcrew95 on board with UCF," quarterback commit Harris, who will sign with UCF on Sunday, tweeted. "We are building a top notch class, and will continue to make this program grow!"
The 6-foot-2, 282-pound lineman has been open on his twitter account about his interest with UCF. He unofficially visited for the Houston game on Nov. 9, around the same time Ole Miss started to back off after Pittman broke his leg. They offered him a grayshirt scholarship, and that's when Pittman started looking to UCF as a more realistic option.
"I mean, I loved it, to be honest with you," Pittman said last month, speaking on his visit. "My favorite part was the fans. They really care about the program."
A number of UCF's South Georgia commitments, especially Miller, were pushing for Pittman to join them at UCF. They hinted to his flip to UCF on twitter last week.
"We played against each other," Miller said last week. "We're in the same region. We're just friends. I have never met him before talking to him like this, but we've become very good friends through this."
Pittman should compete for immediate playing time next season at UCF. He's fast and athletic, and will play nose tackle after he officially enrolls this summer.
UCF is coming off a historic 52-42 win over Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in the school's first appearance in a BCS bowl game. Pittman said he wasn't surprised with the Knights' impressive play against the Big 12 champions. He said his decision to flip to the Knights was a long time coming.
"I had my mind made up before that game," Pittman said. "That game really just put the icing on it."
Pittman's season was cut short due to the leg injury, but he still amassed nearly 50 tackles and four sacks in just eight games.