USC Football Recruiting: Mycah Pittman names Top 5 without Trojans

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Four-star wide receiver Mycah Pittman, the brother of USC football receiver Michael Pittman, named a Top 5 on Tuesday but the Trojans didn’t make the cut.

A few short months ago, USC football’s ability to land Mycah Pittman seemed better than anyone’s.

The four-star receiver out of Calabasas is the brother of Michael Pittman, the starting receiver for the Trojans. And USC has a way with keeping things in the family.

The younger Pittman threw a wrench in that plan on Tuesday when he announced his Top 5 schools, which didn’t include USC.

“31 to 5 schools. As a kid I would’ve never thought life would be like this. I played football just because I loved the game,” Pittman wrote on Twitter. “It’s a blessing to go through this honorable and humbling recruitment process. Also I would like to thank all the amazing schools that have given me the opportunity to further my dream. Please respect my decision.”

Pittman’s Top 5 includes Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oregon.

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Florida is now the favorite to land Pittman. Though USC held the advantage in the 247Sports Crystal Ball as the new year began, the Gators have quickly taken control in his recruitment.

There may be a perception that USC has plenty of wide receivers already. After all, they added five-star stud Amon-Ra St. Brown and four-star athlete Devon Williams to the roster in 2018. However, the ranks of Trojan pass catchers has thinned quite a bit in recent months. Former five-star Joseph Lewis was suspended indefinitely due to domestic abuse allegations. Jalen Green opted to transfer away. Meanwhile, Randal Grimes and Keyshawn “Pie” Young missed time during Spring Camp with academic concerns.

The Trojans do have a receiver committed in the class of 2019: Munir McClain, the brother of new USC outside linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain. However, McClain is not nearly as highly-touted as Pittman.

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That’s not to say USC couldn’t still add key pieces at wide receiver in 2019. The Trojans are still in the mix for five-star athlete Bru McCoy from Mater Dei and four-star receiver Kyle Ford from Orange Lutheran, among others.