Pettrey Waiting To Make Official Visit

We caught up with Raceland, Ky., kicker Aaron Pettrey recently to get an update on his status. Pettrey will not sign with OSU on Wednesday, but will likely accept an offer to be a grayshirt and enroll full-time next winter.

Raceland, Ky., kicker Aaron Pettrey is remaining patient in his bid to make an official visit to Ohio State and formally commit to the Buckeyes as a grayshirt for 2005.

Pettrey (6-3, 185, 4.6) has had visits to OSU scheduled and canceled the last two weekends.

"I was supposed to visit but it got canceled twice," Pettrey said. "I was supposed to visit (Jan. 16), but with Coach Tressel at the Hula Bowl they canceled it. Then, this past weekend, I was supposed to be playing in a game but that didn't happen. I asked about coming up, but they said they didn't have any other recruits in. They said we would do it some other time.

"(Recruiting coordinator Bill) Conley said he wanted to come down and watch me play basketball and then sit down and talk to me about things. I know they have been busy. That's just how it works. They have a lot of things to do to finish up with the players they are signing this year."

Pettrey said he has no problem delaying his full-time enrollment until next winter. After all, the Buckeyes will still have senior kicker Mike Nugent in the fold this fall. Pettrey would be a true freshman in 2005.

"By doing it this way, it allows them to go after a player at another position in this class if they feel they need to," Pettrey said. "This way I don't lose a year of eligibility either while Mike is still there."

Pettrey could be OSU's answer for life after Nugent. He hit 8 of 13 field goals as a prep senior with a long kick of 58 yards.

"In one game, he broke the Kentucky state record with a 58-yard field goal," confirmed coach Randy Vanderhoof. "In that same game, he had a 53-yarder and hit three kickoffs through the uprights."

In addition to being a great kicker, Pettrey set the state record this year as a quarterback with 71.3 percent passing. He threw for 21 TD passes this year and 32 last year. He also recovered four onside kicks himself this year and averaged 42 yards per punt also.

Pettrey is also a fine basketball player (averaging 15 points per game) and baseball player (.400 average).

Pettrey caught the eye of the OSU staff was at the kicking camp this summer. Out of 200 place kickers, he was rated the No. 1 kicker. He had also been to the Ray Guy camp for the last three years.

Pettrey received offers from Eastern Kentucky and Murray State, and Tennessee was in contact and wanted him to come to a game for a visit. He was a frequent visitor in Columbus for games past season.

He holds a 3.0 GPA and scored a 17 on the ACT.

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