The Prattville (Ala.) High School running back visited Auburn for the second time in the last three weeks over the weekend and consequently flipped to the Tigers on Sunday. After all, he grew up an Auburn fan.
“My two choices were between Florida State and Auburn,” Pettway said. “After I thought about it, I want to stay close to home so my family and friends can come see me play. I went ahead and committed so I could stay focused on football and focus on my grades. I don’t have to worry about recruiting stuff.”
Pettway first visited Auburn for its junior day in February. That’s when he received a scholarship offer from the Tigers. This past weekend, he returned to The Plains and got to know the coaching staff a little better.
“It went well,” Pettway said. “I spent more one-on-one time with the coaches. I hung out with them a little more and watched the plays. They showed me where I would fit in with the offense. They plan to use me as a running back, and Coach [Rhett] Lashlee was also saying if things look good that I can run the Wildcat formation.”
The 6-foot, 225-pound running back has already drawn comparisons to former Arkansas great Darren McFadden.
“I’m a power back, but I also have breakaway speed, and I can put a move on someone,” Pettway said.
Although he’s already flipped his decision once, Pettway says he’s pretty set on where he wants to be. However, he still plans to take visits and enjoy the recruiting process. The next visit could likely be to Georgia this spring.
Pettway holds offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and Kentucky.