February 12, 2008

Petty among state's top QB's

After a strong showing at the Junior All-American Combine in San Antonio last month, Midlothian, Texas pro-style quarterback Bryce Petty has become a name to follow.

Petty, who stands 6-foot-3, 215-pounds already has the frame college coaches covet out of their signal callers. However, Petty also possesses a strong and accurate arm and has the ability to use his legs when needed with his 4.7 speed.

A two-year starter for the Lions, Petty led his team to a 5-5 record as a junior in one of the toughest districts in Texas class 4A football that included Waxahachie, Ennis, Red Oak, and Corsicana.

Petty did all he could to lead his team to the playoffs by completing 165-of-275 passes for over 2,100 yards and 16 scores earning him first-team district 15-4A honors.

Although he doesn't hold an offer just yet, Petty is hearing from several schools early on.

"I don't have any offers," he said. "I'm getting interest from Louisville, Tulsa, and Stanford. Stanford has come by my school twice, I don't know if that means anything or not."

Petty says one school close to Midlothian in proximity, TCU, hasn't showed interest but he hopes to hear from them.

"I haven't heard from TCU or SMU yet," he said. "I've heard from Baylor, they've sent a letter. I'd be really interested in hearing from TCU. To be honest with you I don't know a whole lot about them but I like where they're at(location) and where the program is at."

In fact, Petty says location among other factors will be key in finding the right school.

"I'm looking at location to an extent," he said. "I want to be close and also be able to play too. I'm also looking at the academics for sure and the direction of the program."

Petty says schools such as Texas, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, and Oklahoma have garnered most of his interest but his options are still open to anyone.

"I'm going to Tech's junior day on March 1st, and then I plan to go to LSU's summer camp. I'm hoping to get a top five for schools that I want to go to summer camps for."

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