Although he may not be 6'5 and 300 pounds don't overlook 2012 Spartanburg offensive tackle Sterling Petty. Having started for the Vikings since his freshman season the 6'2 250 pound tackle has become a solid prospect and he's hoping to draw the interest of a number of schools during his senior season.
"Last year I graded out at 86% on the season," Petty said.
It was a year ago that he faced his fiercest competition and competitor on the field in a player you may have heard of before, South Pointe's Jadeveon Clowney.
"My best game last year was probably against South Pointe. It was so memorable because it was on national television and against the best player in the country. I prepared so hard during the week for the game and come that Friday it paid off, I did a great job."
He had this to say about facing Clowney, "His mix of size, speed, and strength makes him so good. When it comes to athleticism he doesn't have a flaw."
Having been a staple for the Vikings' offensive line over his career Petty says he's worked hard to try and improve his skills each season. He talked with us about his biggest strengths for coach Freddie Brown's team.
"My biggest strength as an offensive lineman I think are my feet. It doesn't matter what kind of rusher is coming towards me, whether it's a linebacker or a defensive end I feel like they can't get around me or inside of me. The only way is if I mess up myself."
The 2012 prospect also has a great outlook about working to get better every time out.
"I try to work hard to improve on all areas. I feel no one is good enough to work on specific things, you always can get better at something even if you're already good at it."
This off season Petty says he worked hard to recover from surgery for a torn labrum but says he's back at full strength and ready to embark on his senior season. Last year he says he won a team award that usually chronicles the journey of an offensive linemen everywhere.
"I won the Unsung Hero award, I did a lot for my team last year but since offensive linemen rarely get recognized, I guess the award fits."
With the season almost here Petty talked about some games he's really looking forward to in his last go around with the Vikings.
"Dorman as always, it's a city rivalry. South Pointe too because we lost to them on a failed 2 point conversion in overtime on national television and I feel like we have something to prove."
"My goal is to help Spartanburg win a state title and nothing less. I feel like we have the talent to do it, as well as the right attitude and work ethic to achieve it. From a personal standpoint my goal is to make all state. I feel like I'm just as good if not better than other lineman that are in the media even though I'm not 6'6 like them, but my athleticism makes up for it."
Reporting a 3.0 GPA currently Petty has been thinking about what it is he wants to pursue in college and it gives you an idea of how forward thinking the impressive young man is.
"Factors that are most important to me are first education because football has to end someday and I plan to have two majors in college. Second is school size, I always have wanted to play on the big stage in front of a large crowd of fans. And third is the coaching staff which is important to me."
He also talked about his desire to go above and beyond when he's on the field and preparing during practice and the off season.
"I'm a very athletic lineman that can play at any position on both sides of the ball. I want to be the best out of everyone. I hate being mediocre. I feel like I can play against anyone at any level judging by my track record against defensive ends that are at D1 schools now."
So far Petty says he's heard from numerous regional schools and says that Wingate is showing him the most interest currently. He's eager to show everyone that he can play a vital role for a program on and off the field and we'll continue to track him this year right here on SCPrepNation.com.
FUN FACTS WITH...STERLING PETTY
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite music artist: Kanye West
Favorite movie: Law Abiding Citizen
Favorite subject in school: Language Arts
Dream school: Wake Forest
If you could meet anybody in the world, who would you choose? Johnathon Ogden