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2023 tight end Randy Pittman discusses why he committed to Florida State

The recruiting momentum continues to grow for Florida State on the trail. On Friday morning, 2023 tight end Randy Pittman announced that he was committing to the Seminoles over Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, and others.

Pittman spoke with NoleGameday about his decision to join #Tribe23 and how all of this came together. He’s been planning to make this announcement since December.

“I’ve been planning this since December,” Pittman said. “It was like late December, I was talking to them about it. I told them I was going to commit April 16 because the dead period was gonna be lifted up April 15 but due to COVID it got pushed back more. I just stuck with it because there was no reason for me to change because this is a school I would love to go to. There was no point in me pushing it back anymore.”

“Growing up, I was a Florida Gators fan,” Pittman continued. “I was blessed to receive my first offer from Florida. Since then, I’ve got numerous offers. I’ve talked to Florida State a lot, I’ve talked to coach Norvell and everybody there. I just felt like that’s the place for me.”

Graduate assistant Cooper Williams has been his main contact with the staff to this point. One thing that has stood out to Pittman during his recruitment is just how hard the Seminoles have been pursuing him.

“I got the Florida State offer last summer during quarantine,” Pittman said. “I’ve been talking to them since then, literally like three times a week. The one time I didn’t talk to them consistently, I called them and they were on me about not talking to them. That effort for them to want you here, I haven’t felt that from anyone else. I’ve got offers from other schools but I haven’t had anyone that’s been desperate to talk to me and desperate for my attention like Florida State.”

When the Florida native decided he was ready to commit to Florida State, he gave coach Williams a call. After their conversation, Pittman spoke with head coach Mike Norvell and he was pretty excited.

“I talked to coach Williams about it and he was very excited,” Pittman said. “He took the phone over to coach Norvell because their offices are very close, and I was telling him about everything and he was excited. I told him I wanted to be a ‘Nole and he said was going to mark his calendar.”


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Pittman’s entire family is made up of Florida fans. How did they feel about his decision to spurn the Gators?

“They respected my decision,” Pittman said “Coming from a place like Panama City, it’s rare to go to places like this. Janarius Robinson, he was one of the lucky people that had that opportunity and I just feel like I’m next up. My parents felt like that was the best decision for me, they’re gonna support that, and they’re going to have to start wearing garnet and gold.”

As a sophomore, the A. Crawford Mosley High School product recorded 35 catches for 473 yards and three touchdowns. He added 8 carries for 56 yards and two more scores. Florida State sees Pittman as a tight end/h-back at the next level.

“In the most humble way,” Pittman said. “I’m a very versatile tight end. I can get out there and block, get open, make big catches, come out of the backfield, flat routes, whatever the job is I can get it done.”

The Seminoles have gotten an early start in the 2023 class and Pittman becomes the third verbal commitment they’ve landed since February. He already has a relationship with defensive end Gabe Harris because they play on the same 7v7 team, Record Breakerz.

“I know Gabe Harris,” Pittman said. “We play on the same 7v7 team so we have a pretty good relationship. I also know Joshua Farmer [2021 FSU signee], we grew up in the same hometown.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound tight end is planning to be at Florida State in June when the dead period is officially lifted up. He’s currently unranked in the 2023 class according to 247Sports.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Pittman and his commitment to FSU over the final two years of his high school career.


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