D.J. Pettway, defensive tackle from Pensacola-Catholic, Fla., has committed to the University of…
Pettway talks commitment, highlights featured
"It feels good to be committed to Alabama," said D.J. Pettway. "I got the recruiting process over with. "I told coach Saban I was calling confirming my commitment to them. I told him I wanted to go there. He said he was happy I committed. He said he wanted to get me up there a couple more times and make sure I am ready to be a part of that program." Pettway gave the main reasons why he chose Alabama. "I wanted to get all the recruiting out of the way," he said. "I wanted them to know I wanted to go there. I didn't want to leave them wondering. It's a home town feeling up there. They have a very good coaching staff up there. They play as a family. It's a brotherhood. They won a national championship as one. That's about it." Pettway recorded 85 tackles and 12.5 sacks during the 2009 season. "They recruited me as a defensive end," Pettway said. "They said they wanted someone who could move. They have struggled with big defensive ends coming off the edge. They wanted someone who could bring a pass rushing presence. I am 6-foot-3, 250-pounds." Pettway has been a frequent visitor to the Alabama campus. "I have been to Alabama about six-seven times," he said. "It's nice up there. It's not too far away. My mom and dad can come see every game. They can be close if anything happens. The facilities are great. You can't get any better." Pettway is still considering other visits and plans to see one in-state school before the 2010 season. "The main schools I committed to Alabama over were Florida State, LSU, Miami and USC," Pettway stated. "I had received offers from all of those programs. I will probably visit Miami this summer. I plan to take my official visits during the football season."
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