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West Virginia football player cited for having gun at high school basketball in Charleston

Derek Pitts, 19, was cited for having a concealed weapon on school property while being under the age of 21 at about 7 p.m. at George Washington High School, according to police. (WVU Athletics){ }

A WVU football player and former South Charleston High School standout was cited Saturday night for having a firearm at a high school basketball game, police said.

Derek Pitts, 19, was cited for having a concealed weapon on school property while being under the age of 21 at about 7 p.m. Saturday at George Washington High School, according to police. He was found with the gun in the school’s parking lot.

Pitts was attending a George Washington, South Charleston basketball game.

Pitts was a football standout at South Charleston before choosing to go to Penn State. He later rescinded his commitment from Penn State and chose WVU. Pitts, the top-ranked recruit in the West Virginia class of 2016, was highly sought after and also received offers from Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

While at South Charleston, Pitts won the Carl Lee Award for the top defensive back in West Virginia and was named the West Virginia All-State First Team.

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