Charles Cooper is impressed with the job Sam Pittman has done as an offensive line coach throughout the years.
Pittman, a 1980 graduate of Grove High School, is offensive line coach at Georgia — which faces Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal game Monday night in the Rose Bowl.
“Sam is a pretty knowledgeable guy,” said Cooper, who coached Pittman while at Grove.
“He does a heck of a job,” Cooper said. “He is a tremendous recruiter.
You look at his trail and the people he’s put in the NFL who played for him. That’s a good recruiting ploy: that you can do what you say you can do.”
Pittman was a tailback and linebacker on a Ridgerunner team that lost to Durant in the 1980 Class 4A semifinals.
He also was a state champion in the shot put.
“He lacked just a little bit in the speed part from being a big time football player,” Cooper said. “He understood the game and anticipated so well. He was a really good player.”
Cooper said he deserved to be an all-stater, but missed out “because back then, it was almost impossible coming from a smaller school.
“If they did it like they do today, he would have been an all-stater.”
Pittman went on to play from 1980-83 for Ron Randleman at Pittsburg State, earning All-America honors as a defensive end.
He was inducted into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.
Pittman joined the UGA staff in 2015, after serving three years at offensive line coach, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas.
He reviously was offensive line coach at Tennessee (2012), associate head coach and offensive line coach at North Carolina (2007-11) and offensive line coach and assistant head coach at Northern Illinois (2003-06).
Pittman was offensive line coach at OU in 1997-98 under then head coach John Blake.
Pittman also served stints at Kansas, Missouri, Western Michigan and Cincinnati.
His first coaching job was at Beggs in 1986 as an assistant.
Pittman was head coach at Princeton and Trenton, Missouri, and at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.
“He picked the offensive line, which is a place if you want to get there quick, is probably the best place,” said Cooper, who also coached at Joplin, Tahlequah and Rogers, Arkansas.