Petitjean Prepared For Senior Campaign

Pete Petitjean opened the holes last year for the undefeated state champion Notre Dame Pioneers and now he's ready to pick up that first scholarship offer.

Pete Petitjean of Notre Dame (Crowley, La.) was the best offensive lineman last year on an undefeated state championship team. With Petitjean (6-foot-1, 270 pounds) paving the way, the Pioneers rolled to a 15-0 record and the 3A title. During the offseason, Petitjean has continued to perform well, as exemplified by his performance -- making the all-camp team -- at the Nike Training Camp in Baton Rouge.

"That was my first time with something like that (the camp) and it went pretty good," said Petitjean. "Our coaches helped me a lot in preparation and I have to give them the credit. I did a lot of agilities and footwork to get ready. "Being a good offensive lineman is mostly about having great feet. It (the camp) was pretty fun. It was nothing really different than what we normally do in practice."

When asked about playing under the legendary Lewis Cook at Notre Dame, Petitjean doesn't hestitate to heap praise on the great coach.

"It's amazing playing for him," Petitjean said. "We're like a family and he keeps us together as a team. That's why we're so successful. "Last season was wonderful. Every week was different, but we also had the bullseye on our chest each week. We went through just rockin' and rollin' and we had chemistry."

Petitjean, who was named all-district and All-Acadiana in football, doubled as the starting first baseman on Notre Dame's state champion baseball team. In fact, Petitjean had the game-winning hit in a playoff game for the 30-5 Pioneers.

Despite all of his achievements, Petitjean hasn't received heavy interest from recruiters yet.

"I haven't heard much from colleges yet," he said, "but I'd be interested in playing for Louisiana-Lafayette or Louisiana Tech. It would be nice to play ball with the friends that I have at those schools."

Petitjean plays tackle and guard most of the time in the Pioneers' power-I attack, but he feels that his future in the college ranks lies at center.

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