Dante Pettis couldn't have picked a worse weekend to take an official visit to SMU.
But despite the arctic conditions, ice covering the entire city and a near-empty stadium, the three-star wide receiver out of Junipero Serra (CA) still found plenty of positives to point towards during his time on the Hilltop.
"The campus was completely frozen, and it was so cold. But the visit went pretty good. I learned a lot about the school and the program," Pettis said. "The facilities were smaller, but they were still nice. I got to see how focused the team was before the game too. The played hard. They didn't have a big crowd, but you had to be crazy to be out there during that weather."
Along with attending the game, Pettis also got to meet with the SMU coaching staff. On the day he arrived, Pettis had dinner with his recruiter and SMU quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison as well as wide receivers coach Jason Phillips at Texas de Brazil.
Pettis, who is being recruited as a safety by most schools, says the two coaches made it clear that they want him on the offensive side of the ball at SMU.
"Coach Morrison is the nicest coach I've ever met. He told me how much they liked me at receiver. He explained to me what my role would be and that he could see me making plays early," Pettis said. "Coach Phillips was different, but he seemed like he wanted me too. He just told me more about the program."
Pettis also had a 1-on-1 meeting with head coach June Jones.
"Coach Jones kind of just talked to me about my season and the other sports I plan to play. He seemed like he was genuinely interested in what was going on in my life, which I liked," Pettis said. "He's a nice guy and pretty laid back. He didn't really talk to me about the scheme stuff, but I sat in on their meetings, and he's a really smart coach."
At 6-foot, 170-pounds, Pettis believes he can play both inside and outside receiver in the Run N' Shoot. On Saturday, he paid close attention to the Mustang wide outs and said he was impressed with their crisp route running and the amount of times they were targeted.
Pettis also holds offers from Boise State, Nevada and San Diego State. At the moment, he has no favorites but is ‘definitely' considering SMU.
"My interest level is still medium, but my visit raised it up a little bit. I still want to check out what other schools can offer," Pettis said. "I really like SMU's academics, and I want to major in sports broadcasting. I also like the Run N' Shoot because receivers can catch 100 balls and make it to the NFL.
"Another thing is I would be close to my dad my dad (Texas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis). That would be really cool. He came on the visit too and liked everything. He thinks SMU is a great school."
Pettis was supposed to make his next official visit to Boise State this weekend but postponed it due to head coach Chris Petersen taking the Washington job. Pettis will, however, take an official to San Diego State on January 17.
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