Athletic 2016 Tight End Enjoys Auburn Camp

Jamal Pettigrew is one of the top young tight ends in the country and camped at Auburn last weekend.

New Orleans, La.--Expected to be one of the top tight end prospects in the 2016 recruiting class, athletic Jamal Pettigrew was one of the more impressive offensive players at last weekend’s Elite 2016 camp in Auburn. Showing the ability to get separation at 6-5, 220, Pettigrew earned plenty of praise from Coach Gus Malzahn and the rest of the Auburn staff for his performance.

Earning a spot with the top group of receivers and tight ends, Pettigrew got called out individually several times by Malzahn to match up with a top defensive player. That’s something he said made the trip and experience one to remember for him.

“I think it went pretty good,” Pettigrew said. “There is always room for improvement but I thought I caught the ball pretty good. It felt good to get called out by Coach Malzahn and knowing that he really likes me and wants to see me compete.

“It went very well,” Pettigrew said. “He told me that he really likes me and wants to get me back up for a game and they would talk to me then.”

Jamal Pettigrew has the ability to stretch a defense

While much of the camp took place in Auburn’s indoor practice facility because of rain in the area, things cleared up enough on Saturday night for the group to head inside Jordan-Hare Stadium for the one-on-one portion of the camp. Running routes on the exact turf where Chris Davis returned the missed field goal for a touchdown against Alabama was a unique experience said Pettigrew.

“That was amazing,” Pettigrew said. “It was really a great opportunity. I really loved it.”

Currently with offers from Louisville, Nebraska and Tulane, Pettigrew is getting plenty of attention from Auburn, Arizona State, Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas and several other schools. Not worried about his offers or making an early decision, he said right now the focus for him is on improving his game heading into his junior year.

“I really want to focus on my blocking when I get on end of the line,” Pettigrew said. “I’m also focusing on getting off press coverage easier.”

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