ORLANDO — Six of the nation’s top 10 offensive tackle recruits already have signed, but that’s not the case for five-star prospect Nicholas Petit-Frere.
“I just want to find a place that I can fit at,” Petit-Frere told GN while preparing for last week’s Under Armour All-American Game. “So, that is what I’m still trying to do through this recruiting process.”
Petit-Frere (6 feet 6, 272 pounds), from Tampa Berkeley Prep, is among the top three offensive tackles nationally and is a top-20 prospect overall. He had a solid week at the Under Armour game.
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Is there pressure on him in being uncommitted?
“There could be, but I have an amazing group of people behind me,” Petit-Frere said. “My mom, everyone at Berkeley and really everyone in that whole community is helping me go through this recruiting process. They keep me level and moving forward focusing on the real important things in life.
“The recruiting process is very important, but I don’t want it to affect anything that I’m doing right now. I just want it to seem like I wasn’t even being recruited at all.”
Petit-Frere has offers from all over the country, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame. Florida State recently hired Greg Frey as offensive line coach. Frey was recruiting Petit-Frere at Michigan and has a good relationship with Petit-Frere, so the Seminoles seem likely to get into the mix.
How does one of the best offensive tackles in the nation describe his game?
“I just want to be a good football player,” Petit-Frere said. “I wouldn’t say I have strengths, really. What I do is focus on things I can get better at. That’s really what I try to focus on during games and at practice.
“I want to make sure I do all the little things right that I have been learning — from technique and pad level to having good feet and being able to finish plays.”
Petit-Frere and five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage are the only prospects ranked in the top-20 nationally who are uncommitted or unsigned.
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