Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
Pettway visiting Hogs on birthday
Nashville wide receiver LaMichael Pettway leaves the pack behind during first-half action at Arkansas Baptist on October 11, 2013.
Nashville receiver La’Michael Pettway is looking forward to his visit to Arkansas on Thursday.
“It’s my birthday,” said Pettway of Thursday. “I’m looking forward to an offer. That would be a good birthday present. It’s always big to get an in-state offer. It would be good to get that offer.”
Pettway, 6-3, 200, 4.50 seconds in the 40 yard dash, has scholarship offers from Alabama, Louisville, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Nebraska and Southern Miss while drawing interest from Arkansas, LSU, Auburn, Southern Cal, Florida State and others.
He said he and tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. have talked about an offer.
“He just explained to me the process and what they’re doing,” said Pettway, who averaged about 22 points a game for Scrappers’ basketball team. “He said I’m still one of the guys they’re looking at to offer.”
He’s attended a couple Razorback games, but is looking forward to seeing the facilities.
“I want to go into this locker room we just built,” he said. “I want to go into the weight room and checkout the nutrition.”
He played quarterback in the first three games of the season and completed 33 of 56 passes for 342 yards, 5 touchdowns and rushed 47 times for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. He then focused on receiver and recorded 54 receptions for 1,054 yards and 17 touchdowns.
After leaving Fayetteville, Pettway will visit Ole Miss on Friday and LSU on Saturday.
“Then I’m leaving LSU and going to Auburn and after Auburn I’m going to California for USC and then Stanford,” he said.
Pettway, who lived in Alabama before moving to Arkansas in the third grade, said there’s no timeframe for a decision.
“I actually don’t know,” Pettway said. “I’m still doing my research on every school that’s showing interest in me.”
The short term and long term impact of a program will factor in to his decision.
“Of course the program and what they’re building,” Pettway said. “Whatever school I pick will impact my life afterward. I’m guessing that will play a big role.”