The bye week was a lazy time for Ole Miss fans. No game to worry about. No play calling to stress about. No quarterback controversy to dwell on.
But, before Auburn week kicks off, the Rebel staff is giving you a 2021 commit to look forward to now that 2021 Magee, Miss. athlete Chandler Pittman has verbally committed to the good guys.
The 5’10, 160-pound burst onto the scene as a sophomore for the Trojans, putting up 1,300 all-purpose yards and snagging six interceptions on defense. This year, he’s thrown for 1,873 yards and 20 touchdowns and run for 726 yards and 14 touchdowns in nine games. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s good for 288.8 yards per game as the Magee signal caller.
He also plays baseball for Magee, manning the outfield and playing some middle infield here and there. He runs a 6.6 60-yard dash and has an outfield velocity close to 90 MPH as a sophomore, earning him an invite to Perfect Game’s Underclassmen All-American Game. But, he really turned heads this summer when he received an invite to Ole Miss’ Elite Camp and he turned in a 4.36 40-yard dash.
Derrick Nix offered him on the spot.
He then took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss for the California game and he told the Ole Miss Spirit’s David Johnson that he will be back in Oxford for another unofficial visit in three weeks when Ole Miss hosts LSU.
Head coach Matt Luke visited Pittman at his school last week and Chandler seemed eager to pull the trigger on his commitment, per Johnson.
“He came through Magee the other day. He was fired up to get my commitment,” Pittman said. “I’m excited, too. This is something I’ve wanted my whole life.”
Pittman is the fourth commit for the 2021 class, joining receivers Brandon Buckhaulter and Cameron Wright and kicker Jack Tannehill.
How does he fit in?
As you can surmise by the size and stats that he has accumulated while at Magee, Chandler is just a playmaker, plain and simple. He plays quarterback for the Trojans simply because he is the best athlete they have and he is an explosive athlete that others can’t stop. As a sophomore, Magee got him the football any way they could, getting him in the open field where he terrorized everyone.
When he arrives in Oxford in two years, no matter who the offensive coordinator is, I fully expect him to be a focal point in the game plan with his skill set and home run speed.