Patrick Henry (Deshler, OH) rising senior offensive lineman Colt Pettit made his first ever visit to Virginia Tech on Tuesday of this week. On Wednesday, just hours after taking an unofficial visit to Marshall, Pettit decided to end his recruitment and verbally commit to the Hokies.
There were several reasons why Pettit chose Virginia Tech, but new Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was one of the most important factors.
“Coach Grimes is a great guy. He’s a first-class guy,” Pettit said. “He has proved he’s a great coach. I met his family. They are a great family and he is a great family man. He’s a big Christian, which is important to me. I went on a mission trip recently and he and I talked about some of the stuff I learned there. I loved the school. The downtown part is neat. It’s a good school.”
Pettit spent Wednesday afternoon considering Virginia Tech’s offer and whether or not to commit. He didn’t want to wait too long, as the Tech coaches informed him they had only one spot left available at his position.
Pettit spoke with his mother and father about committing, and ultimately he decided Virginia Tech was the school for him.
“I told my parents I was going to [commit],” Pettit said. “My mom was sitting here and it was kind of quiet, and then she asked, ‘Are you going to do it?'”
The standout offensive line prospect then made the call to Grimes, who has served as his primary recruiter in this process. Grimes “was fired up,” recalled Pettit, who also considered scholarship offers from Indiana, Marshall, Purdue, and others. His final decision came down to Indiana, where he had visited three times, and Tech.
Pettit saw some action at offensive tackle his freshman year. Offensive guard, though, has been his primary position throughout high school. The 6’4″, 250-pound prospect had an excellent junior season, earning AP Division V first-team all-state honors for his play at guard. Pettit says the Virginia Tech coaches feel he could play anywhere on the line on the major college level.
“A lot of coaches tell me they like my explosive ability on the field. They like my speed in the trenches,” Pettit said in an earlier interview. “As far as my weaknesses, I definitely need to get bigger and stronger.”
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