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Four Star Athlete Michael Pittman Chooses USC Over Oregon

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The former UCLA commit was deciding between the Trojans and Oregon Ducks before his announcement on the Fourth of July.

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The Trojans celebrated Fourth of July with a bang. Early in the afternoon, four-star athlete Michael Pittman announced his decision to join the Trojans via twitter.

Coming out of Westlake's Oaks Christian High School, Pittman, a former UCLA commit, was considered a sure fire recruit for the Oregon Ducks. However, according to Oregonlive.com, Pittman was swayed to join the Trojans after his visit to the USC campus.

"What happened was, I don't know what made me want to go visit USC, but I needed something to reference Oregon off. I went to USC and fell in love with USC. I've been to USC before, but they never showed me everything. I got the full one-on-one tour. Every coach came out."

Listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Pittman is ranked as the third best athlete in the 2016 class according to Scout.com. With the size and speed to play multiple positions, Pittman was excited at the possibility of playing wide receiver for the Trojans as well as defensive back, similar to Adoree' Jackson.

With the addition of Pittman, the Trojans 2016 recruiting class has moved up to ninth in the nation, the highest ranking for a PAC-12 class. The Trojans still have seven scholarships left, leaving them plenty of room to climb up the standings.