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National Signing Day 2017: Derrek Pitts stays at home and signs with West Virginia

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The three-star West Virginian will continue his education in Morgantown.

Derrek Pitts shakes hands with defensive coordinator Tony Gibson
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Three star safety Derrek Pitts has made it official and signed with the homestate Mountaineers. Derrek was the number two ranked prospect in what turned out to be a loaded year for the Mountain State. Derrek originally committed to Penn State in late July during an announcement ceremony at Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill in Charleston. Months later, Pitts rescinded his commitment. It wasn’t long after that he chose to stay home in West Virginia.

As a senior, Derrek caught 27 passes for 468 yards and 4 touchdowns. He added 45 carries for 277 yards and a score along with 2 passes for 78 yards. Derrek also served as his team’s return man. Pitts gained 273 yards on kick returns while earning 128 yards on punt returns. In all, Derrek was able to generate 1,169 yards from scrimmage during his senior season.

For the Mountaineers, Derrek is expected to play safety. Derrek brings a great blend of size (6’-2”, 190 pounds) and speed (4.58 - 40 yard dash). Derrek’s exciting blend of speed, size and athleticism will give defensive coordinator Tony Gibson another toy to make life difficult for Big 12 offenses.

In addition to West Virginia and Penn State, Derrek held offers from Oklahoma, Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh, among others.

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