Dawson Believes Pettway to Play WR for Hogs

New Russellville (Ark.) head coach Billy Dawson, who coached three-star wide receiver and Arkansas commit LaMichael Pettway at Nashville (Ark.), is confident he'll make an impact with the Razorbacks.

While some debate whether or not LaMichael Pettway will play wide receiver at Arkansas, his high school coach is pretty certain what he’ll do.

New Russellville head coach Billy Dawson, who coached Pettway at Nashville, admits that the three-star wide out needs to bulk up 20 or 30 pounds and is athletic enough to play receiver or defensive back, but he believes he’ll play offense for the Razorbacks.

“I’ve been wrong before, but the thing with (Pettway) is that he’s got so much upside,” Dawson said.

Pettway was one of three receivers committed to Arkansas – along with three-star Deon Stewart and four-star K.J. Hill – leading some to believe he might play defensive back with the Razorbacks, which he also played in high school.

However, with Hill’s de-commitment Sunday and his future with the Razorback in question, it is more clear that he’ll be a receiver.

Dawson said Pettway could provide Arkansas with something it lacked in 2014.

“At this point, he’s more of a down-the-field guy,” Dawson said. “He has a long body, he’s strong and he’s pretty good at high-pointing the ball.”

The success Pettway has had both as a receiver and defensive back can be directly linked to his time spent as a quarterback, which he played for a year and a half for the Scrappers.

“I think it does,” Dawson said. “It helps him understand what’s going on. He still has a lot of development left at receiver, though.”

While Pettway is far from reaching his potential, Dawson said he has grown a lot since switching positions, as he is understanding the intricacies of the wide receiver position better.

Of course, he said that his 6-foot-4, 194-pound frame helps. That size has separated Pettway from other players Dawson has been around.

“I’ve coached a lot of faster guys and guys as explosive as him,” Dawson said, “but put that in his body and it’s a different animal.”

Pettway has not taken an official visit to Arkansas because it has been hard to work around his basketball schedule, but he has been to Fayetteville enough that an official visit might not be necessary.

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