Khalil Pettway did not know much about Arizona's program but after the Wildcats offered in the last week or so the Culver City, Calif., inside linebacker has talked to the coaches and tried to learn as much as he could.
"That's a big one," Pettway said. "It's another Pac-12 offer and that's really cool. That one came out of nowhere.
"Ever since they offered I've been doing my research on them. I'm hoping to visit there pretty soon."
Pettway, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect who committed to SMU this past summer, now has offers from Arizona, North Carolina State, Washington State and West Virginia and is receiving interest from other programs.
The three-star prospect has been trying to set up a trip to NC State for its game against Georgia Tech this weekend but he's not sure if that will happen. If not, Pettway still wants to visit all the schools that have offered him and that now includes Arizona.
"I talked to the (Arizona) coach the day they offered me and I talked to the coach one other time so it's kind of heating up with them," Pettway said.
The Culver City standout committed to SMU on July 16 but made it clear from the beginning that he wanted to take other visits. Since his offers are scattered across the country, Pettway said he wants to take trips during the season to get a feel for game-day atmospheres.
He's not the only Southern California prospect to pledge to SMU and say he wanted to take visits. South Gate (Calif.) South East running back Robert Lewis and Los Angeles Venice Gabriel Marks have done the same thing.
Rivals.com rates Pettway No. 35 at inside linebacker in the 2012 class and No. 88 in the California state rankings.