There is a sleeper in Orange County who could end up being a very highly sought after wide receiver this coming fall. The reason this player is flying under the recruiting radar is he missed his entire junior season due to an injury. This player has good athletic bloodlines.
The sleeper to keep an eye on is Austin Pettis (6-3, 185, 4.6) from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.
Pettis had a genetic knee problem that required surgery, but now he's 100 percent healthy and the good news is there wasn't any ligament damage before or after the surgery.
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As a matter of fact, the knee is now stronger than it was before.
One of the things that makes Pettis an intriguing prospect is he the size and quick feet that D-I schools covet in wide receiver prospects.
Pettis, also has athletic bloodlines. His uncle is former California Angel's center fielder, Gary Pettis.
Something to keep in the back of your mind with Pettis is he plays on the same team withAaron Corp, who is one of the State of California's top quarterback prospects for the class of 2007.
Pettis is going to get his share of passes thrown to him this coming fall.
UCLA is ahead on the recruiting curve on Pettis and already quite aware of him as he was at their junior day on March 4th and with Corp. The Orange (Calif.) Lutheran duo was also on hand at UCLA's scrimmage last Saturday (March 11th).
"Austin's best assets are his quickness and his competitiveness," Lutheran coach Jim Kunau said. "He's very mature and unselfish. He's the complete team player."
"Austin has outstanding character," Kunau said. "He's a pleasure to coach."
"I think once colleges see Austin in action this fall, he will be recruited," Kunau said. "He has the things they are looking for."
Pettis is an outstanding all-around athlete who played basketball for Lutheran. He missed the basketball season because of his surgery as well.