In-state prospect in no hurry

Nashville (Ark.) WR LaMichael Pettway is not in any hurry to decide where to play in college.

Even though Nashville (Ark.) wide receiver LaMichael Pettway has a pair of offers from Nebraska and Ole Miss, he is taking the recruiting process slowly.

Pettway (6-foot-3, 194 pounds) is receiving interest from many other schools, including Arkansas, but is not even ready to commit to a conference in which he would like to play when he goes to college in 2015.

"Playing in the SEC is something I would like to happen, but from here to next year is a great deal of time and I don't know if I would have a change of mind or not," he said. "It's just one of those things where I have to get there and see where I am and then I'll make a decision."

Pettway has not received an offer from Arkansas yet, but has developed a relationship with the Razorbacks' tight end coach, Barry Lunney Jr. He said Arkansas has made its interest clear, even without extending an offer yet.

"They keep telling me that they are interested in me and that I'm a top priority for them in 2015," Pettway said. "They've just ensured me that they plan to recruit me hard and stuff like that.

"If Arkansas offers, that would definitely be something I would think about a lot."

Although Pettway has lived in the Natural State since he was in elementary school, he said he is not all that familiar with the Arkansas football program.

"I haven't really grown up watching the Razorbacks," he said. "I've always been an Alabama fan."

In fact, he did not know much about recent receivers like Marcus Monk, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright and Joe Adams. He did not hesitate to say he looked up to a variety of Alabama receivers, past and present.

"I really watch Kevin Norwood and Julio Jones closely and try to model parts of my game after those guys," Pettway said.

Still, he said he is "going with the flow" in the recruiting process and is nowhere near ready to make a decision, even if he did have offers from Arkansas and Alabama. Heading into his senior year, Pettway has laid out a few goals for himself before he thinks about playing at the collegiate level.

"I'm trying to get better everyday," Pettway said. "So far in my high school career, I haven't been able to be just a wide receiver, but I think this year that will be my primary position and I won't move too much.

"I've been spread around as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and safety. Now I'm hoping to just get a lot better technique-wise as a wide receiver and focus on that because I've never played just one position before."

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