Skeete: Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln kicker/punter Jonathan Skeete has signed his scholarship papers for Ohio State. We have an update on that as well as an update from Raceland, Ky., kicker Aaron Pettrey and his plans regarding Ohio State. Click here for more.

During the week leading up to the Ohio All-Star Classic in June, it was reported that Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln kicker/punter Jonathan Skeete would be signing with Ohio State.

That, in fact, did happen shortly before the June 24 game, where Skeete booted a 31-yard field goal for the victorious South squad.

"I signed my national aid form," Skeete told "I'm all set now, committed and signed. I can't change it now. I'm sticking with it."

The 5-10, 170-pound Skeete was planning on attending Northwestern on an academic scholarship with the idea he would walk on to the Wildcats' football team. But Ohio State swooped in during June and made the football offer after previously asking Skeete to walk on.

"It's real exciting, especially at the last minute," he said. "I had to make a difficult choice (between Ohio State and Northwestern). I was real nervous, but I think I made the right choice. Ohio State is a great place. I already have a lot of friends there like Erik (Haw), Sirjo (Welch) and some others. I know I will have a lot of fun and will be comfortable there. I'm just getting ready for the season to start and play football."

Skeete seemed poised during the Ohio All-Star Classic. His field goal was placed strongly through the uprights and most of his kickoffs went deep.

"That was my goal, to be perfect," he said. "I think I made a little bit of a statement to be consistent. My kickoffs were satisfactory. I had a few touchbacks. I think this was a good way to go into my college career."

With Mike Nugent back for his senior year, there is no urgency for Skeete to kick for the Buckeyes this year -- unless he becomes a factor in the battle at punter, where seniors Josh Huston and Kyle Turano and freshman A.J. Trapasso were battling.

"I think I already have the strength," Skeete said. "I need to focus on doing the same thing every time, like he does. I went to camp last year and he told me he does the same thing every time. He has a consistent swing and he doesn't rush. College ball will be a whole new speed, but as long as you stay the same each time it will go well for you."

Skeete was actually born in Michigan and spent much of his childhood rooting for the Wolverines.

"When I was growing up, I rooted for Michigan," he said. "I was like a needle in a haystack. I know everybody around here is happy with my decision and they support me. Everywhere I go, I'm treated like family. I'm real happy with this."

As a senior, Skeete was 13 of 18 on field goals with a long kick of 48 yards. He also averaged over 38 yards per punt. Skeete was a soccer player at Gahanna and joined the varsity as a kicker as a senior.

Skeete graduated with a 3.7 GPA and had test scores of 30 on the ACT and 1320 on the SAT.

"I took a whole bunch of honors courses and AP courses, so I worked pretty hard for it," he said.

The Buckeyes will have somewhat of a crowded house at the kicking positions. In addition to those mentioned above, OSU had verbally agreed to accept Kentucky's Aaron Pettrey as a grayshirt. Pettrey, primarily a kicker, was to enroll and go on scholarship in January 2005. Also, OSU was due to enroll walk-on kicker John Barker of Massachusetts this fall.

Pettrey Still In The Fold

Pettrey, a Raceland, Ky., graduate, told earlier today he is still planning to enroll at Ohio State during winter quarter.

"I'm still coming up there in January," he said. "(Skeete's signing) is not affecting me. I have talked to the academic people there at Ohio State. I am currently taking some classes down here, some basic courses here at Ashland Community College that I will transfer up there."

The 6-3, 185-pound Pettrey did not sign with OSU on signing day. The plan is for Pettrey to possibly take over as OSU's starting kicker in 2005, after Nugent departs.

He hit 8 of 13 field goals as a prep senior with a state-record long kick of 58 yards. He also played quarterback at Raceland, setting a state record for completion percentage (71.3 percent with 32 touchdowns) as a junior. He threw for 21 touchdowns this past year. On special teams, he recovered four onside kicks himself and also averaged 42 yards per punt.

Pettrey caught the eye of the OSU staff was at the kicking camp last 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.

There had been talk that Pettrey would join OSU for preseason camp, then leave the team when school starts in late September as Todd Boeckman did a year ago.

"I doubt I will do that," Pettrey said. "I will try and make it up there for some practices, but I probably won't come up there and go through camp."

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