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Monday, February 4, 2013
IU has an early lead for a Watch List OG

By Chantel Jennings

Watch List guard Colt Pettit (Hamler, Ohio/Patrick Henry) could watch game film for days, but sitting down to take in a big matchup probably won’t happen for the 6-foot-4, 245-pound offensive lineman.

“It was always on in my house, and my dad loved it and my brothers watched it,” Pettit said. “And I was always there with them, but I could never get in to it. I love the sport with everything, but I cannot sit down and watch a football game.”

It’s an oddity, especially when considering Pettit’s offers from the likes of Purdue, Illinois and Indiana. He also has gained attention from Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Georgia Tech as his junior film has gotten out.

He might be slightly undersized as a Division I guard, but Pettit said that coaches have told him that he has other aspects that seem to outweigh that for several programs.

“I’m definitely not the biggest guard out there, that’s for sure,” Pettit said. “But I have the speed and explosive factor over most guards in the country.”

Notre Dame and Ohio State have looked at him a bit as a defensive end or outside linebacker, but the school that seems to have a lead right now -- Indiana -- likes him right where he is.

Pettit has made three trips to Bloomington over the past year (once for an academic visit, once for a cookout and once for a basketball game) and every time he leaves he finds himself liking the Hoosiers more and more.

“All three times it has just impressed me in different ways,” Pettit said.

And recently, Yale and Stanford have shown a lot of interest which has the 3.8 honors student intrigued. No matter where he goes, the academic side will play a huge role.

“Football is only going to last so long, maybe only the next six years,” Pettit said. “I want it to last longer than that, but after that you have to find a career. Academics are such a huge part of where I want to go.”