Derrek Pitts

#1 Derrek Pitts

S | Fr. | 6-0 | 173 | Dunbar, W.Va. | South Charleston

High School

  • Played for Coach Donnie Mays at South Charleston High
  • Won the Carl Lee Award, signifying the top defensive back in West Virginia
  • Earned All-West Virginia All-State First Team honors
  • Named Charleston Gazette-Mail Kanawha Valley Player of the Year
  • Had 348 career tackles, including 13 sacks and 35 tackles for loss
  • In 2016, he finished with 90 tackles, including 56 solo stops and nine tackles for loss
  • Finished with three fumble recoveries and two interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns
  • Had five solo tackles, two assisted tackles, season-high four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and had two pass breakups against Huntington in the first round of the state playoffs
  • Compiled 1,169 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns (four on receptions, two each of kickoffs and fumble returns and one each on a punt return and a rushing touchdown)
  • Caught 27 passes for 468 yards and four touchdowns and ran 45 times for 277 yards and a touchdown
  • Averaged 45.5 yards on kickoff returns and 21.3 on punt returns
  • No. 23 safety nationally and No. 1 player overall in West Virginia by Rivals
  • No. 34 safety nationally, No. 5 player overall in the East and No. 1 player in West Virginia by Scout
  • No. 30 safety nationally and No. 2 player overall in West Virginia by 247Sports
  • Four-star rating by Rivals and three-star rating by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout
  • Also offered by Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, NC State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.


  • Birthday is August 8
  • Son of Derrek Pitts Sr. and Dionne Beverly
  • One of seven children
  • Enrolled in undergraduate studies
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