Varsity Preps

LaMichael Pettway, #8 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

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This last week has been a good week for Nashville wide receiver LaMichael Pettway. Pettway, who had only one offer to his name, added an SEC offer to the mix last Friday with Ole Miss. His first offer, from Nebraska, came on August 1. Now with two major offers under his belt, the floodgates could be flying open with numerous offers soon for the talented wideout.

Pettway provides good length at the receiver postion, standing at 6’3”. He could add some more weight to his frame though, currently weighing under 200 pounds. For receivers his size, he will need to get up to 205 or even 215 to be able to use his body to make plays along with the 4.5 speed he possesses. Pettway is a vertical threat, but in a different way than most receivers. Pettway is deadly from tunnel screens and swing passes. The tunnel screen is a conventional route for a receiver but the swing pass, a route usually made for running back has proven to be a route that Pettway is a useful tool at. This could add an unorthodox weapon to any offense, seeing as screens and swing passes have become a part of almost every offense in college football. What makes Pettway deadly from the backfield is his top-end speed. After about 5-10 yards, Pettway hits another gear and blows past defenders in the second level. Pettway’s long stride is also a part of the vertical speed.

Pettway has the two offers from Nebraska and Ole Miss, but has several major programs looking at him, and could offer fairly soon. Those schools include, Arkansas, Colorado State, Florida State, and Texas Tech. Arkansas has been showing strong interest as of late.

The Verdict: LaMichael Pettway is a solid receiver prospect and is easily the best pure wide receiver in this class in Arkansas. The only things that are a big question for Pettway is his weight, and whether or not he can run a wide array of routes crisply. All of these are things that can be improved upon in his senior campaign.

Pros: Vertical threat, Screen pass weapon, Top-end speed, Length

Cons: Weight, Route repertoire

Check out LaMichael’s Hudl Page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1569890/lamichael-pettway

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