Pettis Earning UCLA Interest

San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra safety Dante Pettis has emerged during his senior season as a potential BCS-level prospect...

Dante Pettis is one of the top skill players in the region. He plays both receiver and corner and has the size, speed and overall athleticism to impact on either side of the ball in college.

Pettis is almost 6-foot-1 and about 175 pounds. He's a track guy and his speed is evident on the football field but he definitely plays with plenty of toughness. His senior film is eye opening on both sides of the ball as he flashes dynamic playmaking ability as a receiver and is very explosive after the catch.

He also shows up well in the secondary and could play corner or safety at the next level. He has excellent ball skills, a high football IQ and always seems to know where to be on the football field. The gene pool is there as well as his older cousin Austin is a starting receiver for the St. Louis Rams and his father Gary is the 3rd base coach for the Texas Rangers and was one of the fastest players in MLB, stealing over 40 bases five times in his career.

Despite his talent and physical tools, Pettis is sitting at just two FBS scholarship offers at the moment.

"San Diego State, Nevada and Villanova have all offered me," Pettis said. "I'm also hearing from BYU, Colorado State and UCLA. I was talking to a lot more schools in the summer but these are the main ones for me right now. I was at the UCLA game last weekend and have talked with SDSU, BYU and Nevada about setting up an official visit.

"Right now, I'm thinking I'll do my visits after the season, although I kind of want to take some during the season and see what a game weekend is like. UCLA is a school I like a lot and I'm very interest in them. Of the schools that have offered, SDSU stands out the most to me. I'm still open though and hopefully recruiting will pick up more as the season goes on."

Pettis is a player who should have double digit scholarship offers right now and some program is going to get an absolute steal.

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