SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Paul Pitts III played four seasons with the Aztecs football program, but the three star recruit out of Rancho Cucamonga accomplished more on campus than on the football field. His most recent accomplishment being named the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year for exemplifying high standards of scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism.
"I'm encouraged by it," said Pitts III. "I feel special, highlighted and valued. But I just give God the glory for it. I just feel like man trust me it's not me."
Pitts III played in 18 games with the Aztecs, recording two catches for 23 yards. Not the type of college career a young man with NFL dreams envisioned when he first stepped on campus. But after an ACL tear his sophomore season, Pitts III says he quickly realized his true purpose.
"God showed me very quick you're not Vincent Brown you're Paul Pitts and I have a different plan and purpose for you," said Pitts III.
"I had to be content with the fact that maybe God brought me here to touch lives rather than score touchdowns."
While recovering from his injury, Pitts III started to make his mark on campus and in the community. He worked with college ministry programs, helped the elderly, volunteered in hospitals, hosted bible studies for other teammates, worked with youth programs, and most recently took a mission trip to East Asia.
Pitts III will be featured in a special Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars edition slated for publication on April 21, 2016.