2023 commit Randy Pittman discusses June visits to FSU

The dead period was finally lifted for the first time in 16 months in June and recruits from around the country flocked to college campuses to make visits.

2023 tight end and Florida State commit, Randy Pittman, traveled to Tallahassee for Midnight Madness, a recruiting event held right after the dead period. The visit marked the first time that he had been able to meet the Seminoles coaching staff in person.

“It was amazing,” Pittman said. “Since like the second week [I committed] I’ve been talking to them, we’ve been trying to get me up there. It was great to finally see how they do things up there and meet everyone. We’ve only been able to talk over the phone for about a year and then I was finally able to come up there. It was just a great time to meet everyone, to see how everyone operates, and to see their personalities.”

After communicating with the staff over the phone for more than a year, Pittman was happy to finally get face-to-face with head coach Mike Norvell, tight ends coach Chris Thomsen, and GA Cooper Williams.

“It was great,” Pittman said. “Coach Coop [Cooper Williams] told me it was like we were cyber-dating. We just never were able to see each other. It was very relieving for us to see each other in person and speak to everyone. I’ve talked to coach Norvell on the phone many a time and just to be able to see him in person, it was an amazing feeling.”

The Florida native returned to FSU a few days later to participate in the Elite Camp. It gave him an opportunity to work one on one with coach Thomsen and he was impressed by some of the things he learned.

“First off, coach CT [Chris Thomsen], he’s a very great coach,” Pittman said. “He really knows what he’s doing, he taught me a lot of things that a lot of coaches don’t teach in high school. It was just new things that he was teaching me, it really helped me this spring football season.”

“Coach CT, he’s just a funny guy,” Pittman continued. “It’s always just joke after joke until we’re on the field. Just being around him, it’s a great atmosphere at FSU.”

Did anything stand out to Pittman during his two visits to Florida State in June?

“What really stood out is on the Elite Camp day, it wasn’t only about camping,” Pittman said. “We focused on building bonds with a lot of people. I didn’t meet the entire coaching staff until that day. It’s a great feeling because everyone knew who I was and to meet everyone that’s going to coach me in a few years was amazing.”

The Mosley High School product is set to return to campus this upcoming weekend for FSU’s next recruiting event. The coaching staff is hoping to have most of the commits and a lot of top targets in attendance on July 25.

“I talked to coach CT and coach Norvell,” Pittman said. “It’s going to be another thing where we have a lot of commits there and a lot of big targets. It’s going to be about bonding and seeing where our work ethics are at.”

Pittman plans to talk with coach Thomsen during his visit and set up another trip to Tallahassee in the fall to check out a game. He says he’s 100% committed and will be focusing on his junior season, which gets started on August 2.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound tight end is unranked in the 2023 class according to 247Sports. We expect that to change soon.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Pittman and his junior season as he contributes all over the offense for his high school.

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