Midlothian (Texas) High quarterback Bryce Petty got quite the shock right before Christmas.
New Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin played the part of Scrooge when he told the prospect that he was not going to honor previous coach Phil Fulmer's scholarship offer to the Volunteer commitment and instead bring in his own QB.
But Petty (6-3, 215) – who spent 9 years in Arkansas while growing up in Arkansas in Cabot - thinks it might have worked out for the best as he prepares to be one of 15 official visitors to the University of Arkansas this weekend.
"Things work out for a reason sometimes and that is how I am looking at this situation," Petty said. "God didn't want me to end up at Tennessee. Arkansas is better for me anyway because that's where I grew up loving the Razorbacks and calling the Hogs anyway."
Arkansas currently has two quarterbacks committed in Frisco (Texas) Wakeland signal caller Will Secord (6-2, 205) and Amite (LA) High's Brandon Mitchell (6-4, 220).
But Mitchell – who committed to the Razorbacks earlier this week - has to be considered a soft commit as he is still taking visits to Michigan, Tulsa and Mississippi State.
Petty is ranked as the 35th best high school quarterback according to Scout.com.
"I'm hoping things work out for me when I get up there to Arkansas and I get an offer," Petty said. "That would be just a wonderful thing to happen for me and what I definitely want to happen."
Petty has offers to SMU and Colorado and has visits slated to those places if needed the following two weeks and Baylor is also an option.
"I have been o Fayetteville for several games," Petty said. "I came up with my FCA group for a couple of games and my dad took me to a couple of others.
"I fell in love with it then," Petty added. "It's a great college town, big enough but not too big to get lost in like a really big city. I really hope this works out for me."
Petty was 164-of-277 passing as a junior for over 2,000 yards with 17 touchdowns.
In an injury plagued senior season, he was 133-of-219 for 1,503 with 6 TDs.
He suffered a concussion right before halftime in his second game of the season and missed another game because of it.
He then came back and tore his MCL, coming back in the eighth game to finish out the season.
"I wasn't going to let it keep me from finishing out the season so I really worked hard rehab, pushing it so I could get back," Petty said. "I didn't have as good a senior season as I wanted to because of it, but I was proud of the work I put in to get back and try to help our team."
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