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Kyle Pitts feels at home in Gainesville
Other schools still recruit Florida commit Kyle Pitts, but the 4-star tight end has already found his next home.
However, Gainesville was not always the destination Pitts had in mind. The Pennsylvania product wanted to go out of state for college and he saw Florida as an option — potentially.
“Kind of,” Pitts said. “I liked them a lot. I had been doing my research on them. I just needed to go down there and see it for myself.
“I just wanted to get away. I wanted to go away from home, but still feel like I’m at home.”
Pitts found that feeling on June 10 when he visited UF for the first time. He joined Florida’s 2018 class the following month with a commitment video, but he knew the Gators would be his choice as soon as he stepped foot on campus.
“When I got on campus, I just felt like I was home,” Pitts said. “The coaches welcomed me with open arms and I loved it there.”
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Pitts returned to Florida this past weekend after his high school football team, Archbishop Wood, won its season opener Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
“It was a long, hard-fought game. We played until the end,” Pitts said after the 14-13 win over Oxbridge Academy. “It’s the little things that count and made us win. It was new. It was a great experience for all of us so that we know when we go back home that it’s a different way to play. We gotta stay at the level we’re playing at and keep going up.”
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