Pettit must prove himself to Purdue

Three-star lineman Colt Pettit holds a Purdue scholarship offer, but there's a catch to it. Boiler Sports Report explains what the two-way standout must do to show his worth to the new coaching staff.

Colt Pettit has 13 scholarship offers on the table, coming from all across the Midwest. That list includes Purdue—well, kind of.

"[Purdue] wants me to come back up for a camp," Pettit explained. "The new coaching staff wants me to come in and show why I have an offer from the previous staff."

In spring of 2012, then-coach Danny Hope extended Pettit a Purdue offer. Shortly before, Kent State and its former coach, Darrell Hazell, offered a scholarship, too. Now that Hazell is leading Purdue, he wants Pettit to prove he's worthy of that offer.

Pettit, a three-star prospect who plays both sides of the line, recognizes the reasoning.

"It's understandable, really," Pettit said. "They're coming into a Big Ten school, they really don't know what the previous staff offered, so they want to see it for themselves."

The Patrick Henry (OH) High School product holds offers from Purdue, Air Force, Akron, Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, Miami, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan and more.

The new circumstances surrounding Pettit's Purdue offer haven't caused any waver in interest.

"I still like Purdue," said Pettit. "It's a great school with great academics and great football. I haven't changed my opinion; I like them a lot. I want to go up and show myself at camp."

However, Pettit's recruitment by the Boilermakers became even more complicated when his lead recruiter from the new staff, Jim Bollman, left to join the Michigan State staff. Now, receivers coach Kevin Sherman has taken charge of the communication.

No plans have been set for Pettit to visit West Lafayette, though he hopes to tour campus and get a grasp of the program while attending a summer camp.

The lineman has plenty of factors that will be important in his decision, which isn't like to come until after the summer.

"Just a great overall fit, honestly," he explained. "I want great football, great academics, to see how close it is [to home], a family atmosphere—stuff like that."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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