June 22, 2010

MSU closes ground on WVa for Ohio's Petteway

EAST LANSING - Michigan State made some progress in its recruitment of DB/athhlete Shaquille Petteway of Steubenville, Ohio during the Spartans' one-day June elite camp on Saturday.

Petteway, ranked the No. 34 player in Ohio and the No. 34 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com, worked out mostly in the defensive backfield during MSU's camp.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Petteway (pronounced pet-away) reports that he clocked 4.4 in the 40-yard dash twice at the MSU camp despite being not fully recovered from a broken toe injury.

Petteway has offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Syracuse and Akron, among others.

West Virginia was perceived as the leader for Petteway prior to camp, and that still appears to be the case although MSU made up ground.

When asked where Michigan State stands in his recruitment, Petteway said, "Probably second, or coming up on first."

This might shape up to be a two-school race as Petteway doesn't plan to attend any more camps this summer.

"I think this is going to be my last one, and get back to football back home and try to get on the state championship road," he said.

As for MSU, he said, "I like this environment. I want to come back in the fall and see how the campus is when people are in school and stuff."

Petteway put in some one-on-one time with defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and head coach Mark Dantonio during the camp.

"I was talking to Narduzzi and Dantonio a lot," Petteway said. "Coach Dantonio said he likes me as a player. He said he thinks I could play at a lot of positions here. He wants me to come to Michigan State."

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