Pettis starting to get more attention

Syracuse University was one of several schools to make sure they took a look at the top talent in the Philadelphia area.

Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins was seen a few times in the talent rich area watching such players like Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson, two of the top 20 players in the 2006 class. But one overlooked player is starting to receive offers and more attention.

His name is Earl Pettis, a 6-foot-5, 201-pound versatile athlete from St. John Neumann High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He continues to field much interest from high major schools, according to the coaching staff at St. John Neumann. Syracuse was just one of a few schools that looked at him during the last evaluation period.

Pettis, considered to be an impact player in the 2006 class, doesn't have a leader in his recruiting process. But he does have interest in several schools.

Among the schools that took a look at Pettis in the most recent evaluation period were St. Joe's, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova, and LaSalle. St. Joe's and Virginia Tech are among the first high major schools that have extended scholarship offers to Pettis.

Pettis can play several positions. On the high school level he has played the one, two, three and four spot. On the college level, he could probably receive playing minutes at either the point guard slot, the shooting guard position or the small forward area.

Pettis has said as long as he lands minutes it doesn't matter where he plays. It's likely Syracuse University will keep an eye on him over the next year as well as several other players in the Philadelphia area.

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