We first heard the name Aaron Pettrey back in January, when news surfaced of his decision to join the Buckeye football team as a grayshirt player. The kicker out of Raceland, KY was scheduled to make visits to Ohio State during the month of January, but he was unable to make it up to campus. Aaron, however, is definitely set to go to join the Buckeyes down the line as a grayshirt player.
"He'll sign and take care of everything in 2005," said Raceland head coach Randy Vanderhoof.
As it stands right now, Aaron's plan sounds similar to that of Buckeye quarterback Todd Boeckman. Like Boeckman, Pettrey will be able to practice with the team before school starts, but per NCAA regulations, he'll be unable to practice after a certain date until January. Once January of 2005 comes around though, he'll be able to go on scholarship and sign on signing day.
That doesn't mean, however, that Pettrey is going to be taking it easy until then. Even though he did not sign a letter of intent this year, Coach Vanderhoof said that the Buckeye staff wants Aaron to get ready in case something happens to Mike Nugent.
"Coach Conley told him that he needed to start working and getting ready," Vanderhoof said.
Conley recently was down in Raceland for an in-home visit, and that helped get everything set. Right now, the plan is for Aaron to visit in April during spring practice, during which he'll also get to meet some of the players. After that, Aaron plans on coming up in June as well as July to get some work in with Mike Nugent.
The school and town are very excited to see one of their Raceland Rams come up to Ohio State to play for the Buckeyes. We'll likely have to wait until 2005, but Aaron is already working to be ready to go.