Jamal Pettigrew scored on a short pass from his quarterback and then he showed he could make a play down the field with a 70-plus yard touchdown reception.
The 6-foot-5, 225 pound rising junior out of New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine was impressive Friday night against a talented Warren Easton team.
He has not developed yet as a blocker and he lined up more as a wide receiver than he did on the line as a tight end, but he has what many schools are looking for these days. He flexed out often, he was open most of the night, and he showed good athleticism and strong, consistent hands.
You see the size as soon as he steps off the bus, you see the frame he has to still grow into, and then you see the sticky hands and good mobility. He is a tight end to watch and one of the best in the southeast. Pettigrew will become a 4-Star when Scout releases their initial rankings in the hear future.
You cannot teach Pettigrew's size.
Louisville, Nebraska, and Tulane have offered Pettigrew. Arizona State, Auburn, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, and Texas are schools showing interest in the talented hybrid. LSU was also in attendance Friday night for the second half of the scrimmage.
Pettigrew will be at Auburn this summer for a camp and he is working on scheduling others. Look for interest to pick up for the pass-catching tight end.
Sure, he needs to become a better inline blocker, he needs to add strength, especially in the upperbody, and he needs to improve his route-running, but he has those soft hands, the ability to stretch the field, and size to be a real weapon in the redzone. Pettigrew has a lot to like and he is one to know.
Auburn, Florida, and LSU are schools he grew up following.