One of the top two-way linemen in the Midwest for the class of 2014 is Deshler (Ohio) Patrck Henry's Colt Pettit. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect has caught the eye of schools across the country and now holds eight early scholarship offers.
Illinois is the most recent team to join Pettit's offer list, and the Northwest Ohio junior made a visit to Champaign in late September to see the Illini take on Louisiana Tech.
"I liked it a lot, honestly," Pettit said of the visit. "They have the program going the right way, and it is a great school."
The other seven schools that have offered Pettit are Akron, Bowling Green, Indiana, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Purdue and Toledo. He lists no favorites, but has a game plan for attacking his recruitment in the coming year.
"I hopefully plan on making a decision before my senior year, but we'll see," Pettit said. "I have been to a few places so far. A lot of it is just going to be reading the goods and bad at each place."
Other schools showing interest in Pettit include Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Stanford. He started hearing from another Big Ten program this week.
"Just today Wisconsin started messaging me and were saying I am at the top of their board for 2014 right now," Pettit said.
"Also, Stanford will offer me if I come out and visit them. They told me that a couple months ago and just recently."
Pettit stars at offensive guard and defensive end for Patrick Henry, and is being recruited for both positions. Notre Dame and Ohio State are the two schools that have discussed defense most with Pettit, while the rest of the schools on his list are talking primarily offense.
"Offensive line is my first love, for sure, but honestly wherever I can get on the field quickest and help the team the best is where I will play," Pettit said.
Pettit has helped lead Patrick Henry to a 9-2 record this fall. They will play in the second round of the Ohio state playoffs this coming weekend.