Maryland has picked up yet another football commitment for their still-growing 2012 class, and it’s another athlete – Shawn Petty.
When Joe Riddle, A.J. Liddell, Malcolm Culmer committed to Maryland last week, it was rumored that Petty was close to giving his pledge to College Park as well. Now, it’s been made official, as Rivals is reporting Petty gave his verbal commitment tonight.
Unranked by all three recruiting agencies, the athlete from Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) is a prospect at both quarterback and outside linebacker. The Terps already have two 2012 commits at the quarterback position in Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, and Petty is a better linebacker anyway, but well get to that when we review the tape.
Petty was not yet offered by any other schools, but he had received interest from Alabama, Florida, and Miami, among others. Petty is also the fourth in-state commitment for Maryland in the 2012 class. He went to the same high school as current Maryland defensive lineman Isaiah Ross.
Let’s look at the tape after the jump.
He doesn’t exactly have the arm to be an ACC quarterback. And by that I mean I have no idea why he’s listed as an athlete by Rivals and I’m even more puzzled why ESPN and Scout list him as a straight quarterback. If anything, I see him as an outside linebacker with a possible chance of playing wide receiver, but linebacker looks like his most likely fit.
At 6’3″ 230, he’s got incredible size for a guy about to start his senior year of high school. He’s got good speed, as well, as shown by his scrambling ability (by far his best asset as a QB) and his ability to edge off the rush. His strength comes from that size, as well, and he’s a pretty formidable force for Roosevelt at outside linebacker.
In short? I understand the lack of a ranking if he was a quarterback, but he’s a pretty solid prospect at linebacker. Maryland has a shortage of linebackers currently, and they’ve got two solid options at QB for the 2012 class in Hills and Rowe, so I would be absolutely shocked if Petty ended up taking snaps in College Park.
In Todd Bradford’s defense, there’s only one true outside linebacker position – Will. Petty looks like a good mold at that position, with a great frame and speed to boot. We’ll keep an eye on him during his senior year, but it looks like yet another under-the-radar prospect coming in to Maryland with a good amount of potential.