Receiver Prospect Austin Pettis

The 6-3, 180-pounder from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, Austin Pettis, sat out his entire junior year due to injury. But he was a good enough prospect that many schools are showing interest in him...

A career-threatening injury behind him, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran receiver/defensive back Austin Pettis (6-3, 180) said he's now raring to go to get back to football.

Four days before kickoff of the 2005 season, Pettis underwent surgery on his knee, causing him to miss his entire junior season on the football field and then in basketball. Now, he's fully healthy and a week away from being able to go all out in workouts.

"I've been working out on the leg and I'm 100%. March 1st I get to go back out and fully go on it," said Pettis.

Despite missing the 2005 season, Pettis is getting solid interest from a host of schools. "USC, Cal, Arizona, UCLA and Notre Dame are the schools I'm hearing from," said Pettis. "Right now, USC and Cal lead. I don't have any offers yet, so I need to be visible."

Because he fell below the radar during the year, Pettis said he will be doing as many combines and camps that he can this spring in order to get his name out there. He's planning to go to the Combine in Los Angeles as well as the Nike Camp. He also plans to attend a team camp at Stanford.

"I'll be able to take some time and make a decision on a school since I don't have any offers yet. I'd like to take some trips. A lot is going to depend on my season," said Pettis.

Having good size, Pettis said he hopes to continue playing receiver but acknowledges that defensive back is where some schools like him. "I could play receiver or defensive back, but I would rather play receiver," said Pettis. "But I'm open to anything."

Academically, Pettis is in good shape, holding a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.

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