At 5'11 162 pounds Petty may not have the prototype size that many D1 college coaches covet but those doubting his playmaking ability should look no further than his gaudy numbers. With smaller wide receivers enjoying major success in the ranks of the NFL (Carolina Panthers star Steve Smith & Washington Redskins star Santana Moss) people are starting to realize that you don't have to be in the 6'3 215 pound mold to make an impact on the collegiate or pro level. Tyson Petty would like to echo that sentiment as we caught up with him to see where his recruitment stands after a dazzling performance in the North-South All-Star game last month.
Asked about his play at the North-South game he responded, "I think it was a great experience. It was really good. I got the chance to play with some high level guys and see what it's like to play with other guys."
With another state championship title added to his resume Petty says that schools began to up their recruitment of him shortly afterwards. "After the North-South game Middle Tennesse and South Carolina really started to recruit me a lot harder." Petty also provided us with a list of the schools who've already extended scholarship offers to him. "I've got offers from Western Carolina, Mars Hill, Gardner-Webb, The Citadel and some others I-AA schools. I'm really interested in South Carolina, Wake Forest, Middle Tennesse, and Kentucky too though."
Petty says that not only a school's football program will play a big role in his recruitment either. He says that a school's academic background will play a vital role in his decision making process. The decision however could take some more time he says. "Right now I'm not sure, I want to see how things pan out with these offers first." If he doesn't receive the offers he wants we asked him if there would be any chance of him attending prep school to obtain the D1 offers he'd like. "Yeah probably. I'm half and half on going to prep school right now."
Boasting a maximum bench press of 225 pounds Petty is adequately strong but his remarkable speed is what makes him a threat to take it in for a touchdown every time he touches the pigskin. "My fastest time in the 40 is a 4.33" The Gaffney star easily is one of the state's fastest players in recent memory as he originally started out as primarily a track star before coming over to play football.
To the naysayers who question his size and heart on the gridiron Petty had a response. "Men and women lie, but numbers don't!" We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Petty in warmups prior to helping Gaffney win their second consecutive AAAA Big 16 state championship
Petty smiles for the camera before a practice at the North-South All Star game this postseason