Signee #10: Demetrius Pettway (Central HS in Phenix City, AL)
Demetrius Pettway | 6’0″ | 175 | S | Central HS (Phenix City, AL)
Official Visit 01/13/17
Offers: Kennesaw St., Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Army
Dustin Corn’s Take
Demetrius Pettway is Kennesaw State’s tenth signee of the 2017 recruiting class. Demetrius played his high school football at Central HS and helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and the semi-finals of the 7A AHSAA State Playoffs. Demetrius is a versatile safety that I anticipate would spend more time in a coverage role than as a box safety. He has the ability to line up over the slot and play man, play half the field in cover 2, or be a single high safety in cover 1/3. Demetrius demonstrates good break on the ball, and quite a bit of range once the ball is in the air. He possesses a good frame with plenty of room to add size over his career at Kennesaw State.
I see Demetrius as a versatile safety that could play either true safety position in our scheme. I believe Demetrius as more of a deep coverage safety that has the ability to come down and play nickel corner. His best play is in space and off of the ball, so this isn’t someone I would anticipate seeing at our “rover” or “hybrid safety/linebacker” roles. The safety spot is in need for some depth and someone with his skill set, as we are thin at safety in 2017. Because of the depth concerns, I could see Demetrius playing early, but he could certainly benefit from a redshirt in 2017. While Demetrius is a sure tackler, once he adds size he will become more of a threat in run support. I am excited to see how Demetrius performs this fall and over the course of his career at Kennesaw State. Welcome to The Nest!