Pettrey Waiting Patiently For Time To Enroll

Raceland, Ky., kicker Aaron Pettrey was among players in attendance at last Saturday's OSU win over Michigan. Click here for more details on when Pettrey, who is grayshirting this fall, plans to enroll.

Among those in attendance at last Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan game was Raceland, Ky., kicker Aaron Pettrey, a 2004 high school graduate who is grayshirting.

Pettrey (6-3, 185) verbaled to OSU last year but did not sign on signing day. The original plan was for him to delay his enrollment until this January. The plan made sense because All-American Mike Nugent had OSU's kicking chores taken care of this season.

"It is still my plan to come in and enroll in January," Pettrey said. "I talked to (OSU assistant Dick) Tressel. I took classes this fall at Ashland (Ky.) Community College. We are working with the academic people to get my grades and my transcript transferred up there. They were saying there may not be time to get it done by January.

"If it doesn't happen for (winter quarter), I would still be able to get in for the spring quarter and be there for spring football. That's the big thing."

Pettrey discussed the atmosphere inside Ohio Stadium for the Michigan game.

"It was great being there," he said. "It was a great atmosphere. It was something fun to watch. Being up there was great."

Pettrey got to see Nugent make his home farewell with three more field goals.

"It might be kind of nervewracking to step in to what he left, but I'm sure it would be fun," he said.

Regarding the kicking chores for next year, Pettrey said, "They said it would probably be between me and two other kickers – (freshman Jonathan) Skeete and another guy from South Africa (25-year-old freshman walk-on Ryan Pretorious). They told me I would have a great shot coming in to try and win the job as a freshman.

"I think Josh Huston may also be trying to get a sixth year. I heard about that, but they said I would have a good chance of coming in and playing right off as a freshman."

As a prep senior in 2003, Pettrey hit 8 of 13 field goals 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 as a senior. On special teams, he recovered four onside kicks himself and also averaged 42 yards per punt.

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

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 in the summer of 2003. 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 graduated with a 3.0 GPA and scored a 17 on the ACT.

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