These are the kinds of kids Arkansas wanted to keep home, but this week Ole Miss plucked one of the good ones out of the Razorbacks’ back yard.
LaMichael Pettway, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete out of Nashville (Ark.), chose Ole Miss over offers from in-state Arkansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Louisville and Southern Miss, just to name a few. He is rated No. 9 in the state of Arkansas and one of those top 10 kids the Razorbacks really wanted to protect, as they’ve done a good job of all year.
“I’m pumped,” fellow Ole Miss commit Rawleigh Williams III told Saturday Down South after learning about the addition of Pettway. “Our class is growing slowly but surely. Big things are going to come from this group. He’s a big kid with big play potential. I’m excited about him. I think it just shows that the coaching staff has the ability to effectively recruit any area of the country.”
Ole Miss 2016 commit Eli Johnson agreed.
“It’s always great when you can go into Hawg country and take one away from the Razorbacks,” Johnson told Saturday Down South.
And here’s a stat line for you: Pettway caught 53 passes for 1,054 yards and 17 touchdowns last year. Nothing to sneeze at, for sure. He also played some quarterback and threw for 342 yards and 5 TDs, while also rushing for 263 yards and 2 TDs–proving his versatility. He is a three-star prospect.
Ole Miss was at No. 38 in the nation before the addition, but bumped up to No. 31 thanks to Pettway’s decision. It has six commitments on board, including No. 1 four-star prospect Eric Swinney out of Georgia, a national top 100 prospect. Swinney was the most recent pickup before Pettway.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.