Every Wildcat recruiting class seems to have one or two guys that fly under everyone’s radar. Coach Stoops and his staff have had the knack for turning unknowns like Bug Wright and Greg Nwoko into major contributors on the field.
This years’ class is no different as 6'4", 235 pound defensive end Dan Pettinato chose to accept a scholarship offer to the University of Arizona.
Pettinato comes from Grass Valley, CA, a town with less than 15,000 people in its population. Small town players usually have difficulty getting noticed, and Pettinato’s odds were even smaller, as he was home schooled until his junior year.
Pettinato’s size made it hard, however, for the UofA coaches not to notice him.
"I was watching some offensive line tape and saw a big, tall kid that was running around and we ended up researching him. He is 6-foot-5, 230-something and just an athletic kid that played defensive end, tight end, and was split out at wide receiver. He is a broad shouldered kid that plays hard is from a good winning tradition high school,” said recruiting coach Jeff Hammerschmidt
Pettinato comes from a family of big UofA fans and although he received some recruiting attention late maintained his pledge to play for Arizona.
Dan is the only high school commitment Arizona received at the position of defensive end and as such may be relied upon to develop quickly and compete for playing time.