Colquitt County defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman, committed to Ole Miss since last spring, has changed his commitment to the University of Central Florida.
The Knights just finished the 2013 season with a 12-1 record after defeating Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz.
Packers coach Rush Propst said on Wednesday that UCF has an outstanding program under head coach George O’Leary, who has been at UCF for 10 seasons.
“There are a lot of positive things going on down there,” said Propst, who was on his way back from Monday’s BCS National Championship game.
“And they are going to continue to improve.”
Pittman was recruited by former Tift County Blue Devil and UCF linebackers coach Tyson Summers.
Eight of UCF’s commitments are from players from Georgia, including six from south Georgia.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Pittman was a preseason All-State selection and was having an outstanding year when he suffered a fractured fibula in the Sept. 13 game against Carver of Columbus.
He was able to return late in the Packers 11-3 season, during which they reached the state semifinals for the fifth straight year.
It was reported that Ole Miss suggested Pittman take a “gray shirt,” which meant he would have to wait until January to enroll at Oxford.
Propst said he thought the gray shirt season would be beneficial for Pittman.
UCF, which is the second-largest university in the country, went 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference 2013.