Dream comes true for Jamal Pettigrew

Four-star tight end Jamal Pettigrew decided to stay home and commit to LSU. That's one big step toward him accomplishing his biggest dream

Jamal Pettigrew’s biggest dream was to stay in Louisiana and play for LSU.

But that’s not why he committed to the Tigers on Sunday. He evaluated the program simply on how it fit for him. And it just so happened that Pettigrew’s dreams lined up with what he considered most important for his football future.

“It’s just awesome that I get this opportunity,” he said. “I have a great relationship with Coach Frank and Coach Miles. They’ll get me to be a better tight end and mold me into what my potential is. It’s a good fit for me too, so that’s why I picked LSU.”

Pettigrew made it official Sunday morning when he called up Frank Wilson, his lead recruiter. The four-star tight end told him he was ready to commit and became the fifth member of LSU’s 2016 class.

“He was very excited because I’ve been talking to him a lot prior to it,” Pettigrew said. “He’s just ready for me to get there…We have a great relationship that’s been growing since I was a freshman. I’ve been talking to him since he started coming by and recruiting Leonard.”

He’ll follow in the footsteps of Leonard Fournette and the long line of St. Augustine standouts to don a different shade of purple and gold. Pettigrew maintains a strong relationship with Fournette and is looking forward to reconnecting with him in Baton Rouge.

“I watch him all the time,” Pettigrew said. “He’s like my big brother. It means a lot because playing with him in high school, he taught me a lot of things. I love blocking for him, and being on the same team as him was a great experience.”

At 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, Pettigrew ranks as the No. 6 tight end in the country and No. 107 overall. He’s the ninth highest ranked recruit in the state for a loaded 2016 class.

He’s the third in-state recruit to commit to the Tigers, and he’ll aim for an early impact in Baton Rouge.

“I don’t think I have a biggest strength because I play a good, all-around game with pass-catching and blocking,” Pettigrew said. “I would say that I have a well-balanced game. Nothing’s bigger than anything else, but I do have some things I need to work on.”

Now that Pettigrew’s put his recruitment behind him, he’s got one main goal left before he leaves for college.

“I still haven’t won a state championship,” he said. “I really want to focus on that with my teammates. I want to spend more time with them and win a state championship in my last year.”

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