A somber day for Florida State fans across the nation is going to end well as elite 2011 offensive lineman Trey Pettis has committed to FSU. The Deland standout grew up a huge Seminole fan, but early on the offer didn't come when he expected. Once the offer earlier this fall Pettis said he had to make a dream of his a reality.
"I grew up a huge fan of FSU and it is in my blood, but it was never a given that I would end up there," said Pettis. "When the offer didn't come at first I didn't know what was going to happen, but when I got it I started thinking about it and decided that I wanted to make my dream a reality."
"I know FSU is in a state of transition so I decided to wait a little bit to see what was going to happen," continued Pettis on his commitment. "I have been thinking about. I know today Bobby Bowden retired and I would have loved to play for him, but knowing there was going to be stability with Jimbo Fisher and Coach Trickett I went ahead and made my decision. Bobby had a great career and I wish him nothing but the best. He did great things at FSU."
Coach Trickett has been Trey's primary recruiter and he said knowing he'll be around played a big role in ending his recruitment. While others don't like Trickett's style of coaching Trey says it is something he thrives on.
"Trickett is kind of like my dad with his in your face style," said Pettis. "He yells at you and all that. Sometimes people don't put forth their best effort when that happens, but I don't mind that and I thrive on it. I like those pressure situations."
Pettis is a big lineman at this stage as he is 6'5" 295 pounds. Trey told NoleDigest that he's an all-around lineman but that he is trying to put the pieces together to excel on and off the field in college.
"I feel I am really balanced as an offensive lineman because I can pass block well and run block," explained Pettis. "I am athletic for my size and I can do things others my size can't. I am trying to just get better as a player and student so when I do get to college I will be ready to go."
Deland is still in the playoffs so Pettis is enjoying that. After the season is over Trey plans on continuing his varsity wrestling career, so with his commitment out of the way he feels he can focus on the rest of his high school career.
"I'm excited because this is the deepest I have been in the playoffs," Pettis said, "so I am focused on that now. After I will cut weight and wrestle again. I never rushed this decision but I am happy. All of the pieces are coming together for me."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Trey, as well as the rest of the recruits FSU is targeting for 2011.
Trey Pettis: "I wanted to live a dream"
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