Tide continues to stay hot

D.J. Pettway, defensive tackle from Pensacola-Catholic, Fla., has committed to the University of Alabama. Pensacola Catholic head coach Frank Sibert talked of his star athlete.

"He committed to the Crimson Tide about 15 minutes ago," said Catholic head coach Frank Sibert. "We contacted Jeremy Pruitt who has been recruiting this area. We have developed a great relationship with him. He gave the phone to coach Saban and went from there."

Pettway was scheduled to visit Alabama this past weekend for A-Day, but did not make the trip.

"D.J.'s biggest strength is his knowledge of the game," said Sibert. "He has an advanced knowledge of the game. He has tremendous physical tools. He has good hips and hands. He plays with a high level of passion. He is exciting to watch and a great kid to be around.

"I think he will need to continue to get stronger. He is a three sport athlete. Finding time to dedicate himself to the weight room is a struggle. He will need to continue to improve lateral quickness. He has good exlposion, but you are talking about the SEC. Nothing takes the place of understanding the game. He is difficult to fool.

"He is a great kid. He fits in well with any crowd. He has leadership qualities, especially on the field. He is a fun kid to coach and be on the sideline with."

The 6-foot-2.5, 255-pound prospect recorded 85 tackles and 12.5 sacks during the 2009 season.

Pettway chose Alabama over scholarship offers from Florida State, Louisville, Maryland, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas Tech and USC.

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