TomVH: DT Aziz Shittu Rethinking his Commitment

Submitted by TomVH on June 2nd, 2011 at 10:44 PM

A few weeks ago I had reported that Stanford commit DT Aziz Shittu would potentially take an official visit to Michigan this fall. Shittu, who is a five star prospect and ranked 12th in the country overall by Rivals, says he's now considering opening his recruitment up completely.

When asked what had changed with his recruitment Shittu said, "I haven't talked to [the coaches] about it so it's not official, but I want to enjoy the process," he said. "I'm thinking about opening everything up." So he hasn't officially decommitted from the Cardinal yet, but by the sounds of it he might be back on the market soon.

Shittu currently boasts 21 scholarship offers that includes Stanford, Michigan, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, and USC to name a few. If he does reopen his recruitment that would likely mean he would take summer visits. "I'm not sure yet where I want to visit, but I'm going to get out there. I'd like to make it out to Michigan," said Shittu. "I like [Michigan's] tradition and the style of play they want to do." 

His commitment to Stanford tells you a lot about the quality of person that he is, and his 3.8 GPA gives you an idea how much he values academics. Whether he decommits from Stanford officially or not, it's safe to say that his recruitment is far from over. 

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June 2nd, 2011 at 11:01 PM ^

Since we've never really been in this situation with the class filling up way before kids can even take officials how will the coaches handle alot of these blue chip prospects waiting until NSD to make a decision?


June 2nd, 2011 at 11:06 PM ^

When you hear Hoke & Co. are pursuing someone good things can happen. Surprised he didn't offer him while at SDSU like he did with Simmons and Magnuson. 


June 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 PM ^

It's better for any team, even SDSU,  to at least offer a few five-stars, even if you don't have a chance in hell of getting them.  You never know when somebody will surprise you, and since any team is going to get turned down a lot anyway, they might as well get turned down by a few five-stars.

Also, if one or two of them puts you on their list with the "big boys," it looks good to the other recruits.


June 3rd, 2011 at 12:05 PM ^

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If you get to Benton Harbor, hit up The Livery. It's my hometown brewery and very good, they don't do the volume in order to bottle just yet. Maybe someday.


June 3rd, 2011 at 12:14 AM ^

I'm not really sure yet. With these kind of kids (out west or far away) that say they're interested or want to visit I always say you'll know if there's true interest if the visit actually gets scheduled. 

He's never really been that far away from home before so it's up in the air. I think he saw his ranking and everyone that was recruiting him and wants to get out and see places he's never been. That might include Ann Arbor, I just don't know yet.


June 3rd, 2011 at 7:44 AM ^

With the type of defense Hoke is running and the number of people on the staff specialized in DL, I can't imagine guys aren't going crazy thinking about UM.  The opportunity for early PT is there, the chance to be a part of a class with amazing coverage behind them at LB, and the solid DE prospects in the fold or close to it - guys like Pipkins, Shittu, Day, O'Brien have to be noticing this and strongly wanting to join the force of the pointed finger.


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 AM ^

This is a double edged sword, imo.

Obviously it's nice to get another shot at a stud DT like Aziz.  But if a 5-star, early commit like  Aziz can de-commit, anyone can.  See what I'm sayin?

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June 3rd, 2011 at 8:45 AM ^

I agree and disagree with you.  I disagree because I think Hoke is different, and you can see the passion in some of these kids who have already committed and are constantly recruiting others to join the class (See: RJS).  On the other hand, if we keep landing top talent such as Aziz, Jones, Banner, Garnett, Diamond, Magnuson, Simmons, then I can see maybe the lower rated players thinking about whether they will ever see the field.  But I think it is too early to tell, and we will have to wait and see how the rest of the class starts to fill out.


June 3rd, 2011 at 10:48 AM ^

It's tough to know right now, but some of the commitments dropped, it would be sad.   I see your point, it's a good point.  But, I hope these guys drop because they want to and certainly not us dropping them. 

This class is forming nicely now and there is not one single person that I wouldn't want to have.