"I signed to Georgia State out of high school," said the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Pertile. "I started as a true freshman in six games as a guard, tackle and a tight end. I wasn't as happy as I thought I would be off the field so I transferred to Mesa C.C in Arizona. We have a great football team with goals to win the JUCO National Championship and the coaches are the best at getting guys out I have ever seen."
When he says "getting guys out," Pertile is crediting the coaches' ability to get players noticed and out to a university to play. He is a prime example too, Pertile has seen offers start to come in this spring.
Buffalo was the first to extend an offer to Pertile, which came in mid-March. A week or so later the ECU Pirates joined the party when offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley told Pertile they were offering. The two have begun to develop a relationship and Riley will be making his way out to Arizona in the beginning of May to see Pertile in person.
Pertile is very familiar with ECU, but he would like to visit soon. He mentioned that when he left Georgia State he tried to get in contact with ECU in order to try to walk on. Even though it didn't work out then, there is a chance Pertile could be in the purple and gold in the future. He went on to say that ECU has had him interested since high school when he graduated from Countryside in Clearwater, Fla. in the class of 2013.
Mesa quarterback, and friend of Pertile, Blake Kemp committed to ECU in March 2014 and will report to summer workouts on May 19.
"Blake is a great leader and an even better quarterback," said Pertile. "He is at our spring practice right now volunteering his time to help out as much as he can. It definitely improves my interest in East Carolina that he committed. He is the kind of quarterback I would gladly put my body on the line each play to block for."
While Buffalo and ECU are Pertile's only two offers currently, more could be on the way. He has been in contact with Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Indiana, Purdue, Baylor, USF, Illinois, and Kansas.
As far as when he could commit to a school, Pertile is in no rush.
"I made a promise to my mom that I wouldn't commit anywhere at least until her next birthday which is November 19," said Pertile. "After I play next season for Mesa I will have two years left on the field with a redshirt year in my back pocket."
Wherever he lands, Pertile will be able to step in and contribute immediately. Look for ECU to keep up the heat on his recruitment.