Andrew Pettes Welcomes Recruiting Break

The Moon Valley tight end knows that he will end up at a Pac-10 school. While he does not know his exact final destination, DevilsDigest learned that he would certainly not ponder that question in the next couple of weeks.

Pettes has already completed three visits, but hasn't taken any official trips since Dec. 12th when he visited UCLA. The NCAA mandated quiet period is a welcomed sight for him. "I'm enjoying the break right now," he said. "It's nice not to have any more calls or visits." Prior to this period, the tight end has been receiving a lot of attention from the Sun Devils. "I talked to ASU quite a bit since I visited them," exclaimed Pettes. "I had three of their coaches (Koetter, Nordquist, and Osborne) to the house. I probably talk to them more than anybody else."

The familiarity factor with ASU is so great, that the in-home visits with Pettes are anything but a Q&A session. "I know a lot about ASU," stated the tight end, "and I've been around the program a lot. So I know all the stuff they're talking about. I don't really ask a lot of questions. The coaches talk about the plans for the future, what offense they will run, how many tight ends they will recruit…stuff like that."

However, familiarity and proximity to home doesn't guarantee ASU the services of this local Phoenix high school standout. "My attitude has been the same the whole time," claimed Pettes. "I'm open to go out of state. I'm getting no pressure about saying close to home. Some folks say they want me to stay close, but I wouldn't call it pressure."

An official visit to Washington on January 16th, and Oregon on the 23rd (along with visits already taken to ASU, Washington State, and UCLA) will round up his five allotted trips. There's no coincidence over the commonality of these schools. "I know whatever school I will choose it will be in the Pac-10," said Pettes. "So I do want to take all the visits I have scheduled to Pac-10 schools. I don't see myself at all making a decision before all my five trips." Pettes mentioned Arizona as a school that has been recruiting him for a while, but he stated that he wouldn't take a visit up there.

With half of the conference foes vying for his services, one could imagine an uncivil recruiting scene among Pettes' five main suitors. Nevertheless, the tight end gives all these programs high praise in recruiting civility. "Every school compares itself to the other and says how they're better," exclaimed Pettes. "I'm used to it. They're pretty civil. All the coaches know each other, and coached at other schools, so I don't think they would come out and say bad things about other schools."

It's apparent that Andrew Pettes is on the wish list of many schools, and one of them will get the luxury of his services well after the holiday season. In the meantime, we asked the tight end what he wanted this year for Christmas? "I didn't ask for anything. I have a lot of family that came down here, and I'm just enjoying them." And with the loud background chatter that accompanied our phone call, we're certain those words came from his heart…

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