John Pettigrew just may be the largest diamond found in the rough. While he’s flown under the radar from most BCS schools, the Mid-American Conference has been paying attention to the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy back. As a senior, he exploded for 2,072 yards on only 187 carries for a staggering 11.08 yards per carry average and 207.2 yards per game average. He hit pay dirt 22 times while leading his team to an 8-2 record.
“I’m really determined. I use my speed and quickness to get to open spaces, and use my vision to find a gap and go through it. If not, I’ll use my power to get through. I’m a combination of speed, power, and agility.”
With his nearly outrageous stats and his blend of skills, he put the MAC on notice. Several schools lined up to offer Pettigrew.
“Recruiting right now, I have Kent State, Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Ohio, and Toledo. Right now, I like Kent so far. I just want to finish up my visits in January, and I’ll look to have a decision by then. I’ve already visited Kent and Eastern Michigan.”
The first visit that Pettigrew had taken was to Ypsilanti, Mich. to see the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. He came away with several things left to be desired.
“Eastern Michigan was my first visit. It was ok. I didn’t really feel the connection with the team or the coaches. And the facilities, I didn’t really like those.”
Next up to bat for Pettigrew was Kent State. The Golden Flashes succeeded in every aspect the Eagles failed at. And for that effort, they currently find themselves the team to be for Pettigrew’s services.
“Kent State, with the team, I got to be around them a lot. I felt the chemistry with the team and the coaches, like they really cared about me. I just kept thinking to myself, I’m playing with them. I really see myself playing with them, but I’ve got to make sure I make the right decision.”
Though the Golden Flashes have done everything right to date in Pettigrew’s eyes, he’s willing to give other schools a chance to show him that he belongs with them, instead of Kent.
“I’m supposed to be going to Akron, and then I’ve got Bowling Green, and then it’s between Ohio and Toledo for the last one.”
Any school left on Pettigrew’s list will certainly have a large mountain to climb. But there are a few things they can use to aid them in the climb to the top.
“Whichever one feels like the right fit. Like right now, I really like Kent a lot. I just want to see how I fit along with the team, and how they are.”