Shyoun Petteway is being patient with his recruiting process. Currently, he only holds one offer from Kentucky Christian University but has been talking to schools such as Marshall University, Toledo and Kent State about potential offers. His commitment decision won’t come until National Signing Day (February 1, 2017) so there is still a lot of time for offers to come in.
“I would say it’s slow, patience is key. It’s been picking up this summer, a lot faster than last year. The number one thing is patience, you can’t control that, I just worry about what I can control,” he said.
He has high interest in Kent State and Toledo at the moment and is going to take visits to Marshall and Youngstown State July 24 and 25 respectively. He was supposed to go visit Toledo at one point but he was battling a hamstring injury at the time and was unable to do so. He’s back to 100 percent now he said and is looking to commit to a school that has a good environment, good athletic facilities and somewhere that is close to home.
Speaking of home, Shyoun Petteway calls Steubenville, Ohio home and attends Steubenville High School.
“Yes, I grew up in Steubenville. In Steubenville, it’s weird. There are kids that have great talent and they just waste it running around in the streets and doing whatever when they should be playing football.”
“I started playing football when I was five years old. I wasn’t old enough to play on the team but I still practiced and stuff. I started playing because my older brother played in high school and that’s when he told me ‘Sports can get you somewhere.’ He graduated from WVU, was a two-year starter and he signed free agent deal [with] the [San Diego] Chargers,” Petteway said.
Shyoun Petteway is not ranked by any of the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals, Scout) but he is a cornerback in the 2017 class. He also sees playing time at wide receiver. See his junior highlight film here.
“The best part of my game is being a good offensive player and a good defensive player. On defense, you know what the receiver is trying to do and I watch a lot of film and stuff to see what guys like to do. I would say my ball skills.”
Shyoun Petteway likens his game on offense to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin because he’s a shifty kind of player like Austin. On defense, he tries to model his game after Arizona Cardinals Safety Tyrann Mathieu.
“He’s a lot smaller than people realize. He’s only five-foot-nine playing in the NFL but he gives a lot of guys hope,” Petteway said.
For the Steubenville Big Red (13-1, 1-0 Conference) in 2015, who lost the OHSAA Division IV championship game to the Bishop Hartley Hawks 31-28, Petteway recorded 54 tackles, four interceptions, and seven pass breakups.
“As a senior, you just have to realize it’s your last year and whatever it takes to win that state championship, you’re going to do. I feel like this here we’ll [get over] that hump and get it done,” Petteway said in reference to getting back to the championship game and winning in his last year.
Shaquille Petteway also played for Steubenville High School, was coached by Shyoun Petteway’s current coach Reno Saccoccia, and he earned these accolades while there: named All-Valley captain as a senior, Two-time All-Ohio First Team, Two-time Wheeling Intelligencer All-Valley First Team, and Dapper Dan Special Achievement Award.
“His brother was a linebacker and running back and he’s a receiver and a corner. The positions are different but I would say the performance is at the same level right now. Shyoun will be going against a different style of players. …I think he has great hips at his position, that’s what a corner needs to have but he’s also tough enough to be a cover four safety,” coach Saccoccia said about how the two brothers compare as football players.
Petteway said he will miss the fans, the younger fans in particular because they look up to the football players. He also wants to leave Steubenville High knowing he gave 100 percent every time he suited up.
Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young
The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.
The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.
“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”
While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.
Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.
Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.
Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal
Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.
“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.
“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”
Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.
“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”
Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.
“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”
Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke
Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.
“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.
“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.
“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”
Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.
According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.
Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.
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