Galveston (Texas) Ball small forward Terran Petteway has been in contact with the coaching staff in Lubbock since the spring. The 2011 prospect is now preparing for his first trip to West Texas this weekend for an official visit to the program, and to take in the Red Raiders and Longhorns at Jones Stadium.
"I've been talking with the coaches at Tech for a couple of months now, probably three or four (months)," Terran said. "They've been showing interest since before the summer started. It's been a good relationship so far. The coaches have shown me a lot of love for a while now. So they invited me up for an official visit and that's where I'll be this weekend. I'm excited to get up to Lubbock, and definitely looking forward to the football game on Saturday."
Petteway has spoken several times with Tech head coach Pat Knight, as well as assistant head coach Chris Beard. The youth of those two, and that of the staff as a whole, is something that has gotten Petteway's attention from the beginning.
"I've talked with Coach Knight and Coach Beard. They're really nice guys, down to earth, and they're both young guys. I liked that," he said. "They're guys who are building a program to win now, and they've been coming at me in a way that a lot of others haven't. It might have to do with their age. We've got a really good relationship. They talk about things with me that a lot of other coaches wouldn't. They're just some really cool dudes. It's been great with them so far."
Petteway is being pursued hardest by Clemson, Colorado State, Creighton, Houston, Penn State, SMU, and UTEP, aside from Texas Tech. After visiting the South Plains this weekend, he'll be headed north next week for an official visit to Penn State. He's yet to schedule any other visits beyond that, but he has an idea of what he'd like to find in the programs he does travel to see. "I'm looking for a good school academically, and I want to obviously be with a coaching staff that I could fit in well with. I'd like to play for an up-tempo team who has a fanbase that provides a great environment for the big games"
The 6-foot-6 small forward will more than likely not make a decision before later in the year, but he's left the door open for his commitment to come at any time between then and now. "I haven't decided yet on when I'll make a decision. I'm thinking about November, maybe. I'd like to be able to focus on my season if I could, and get the recruiting stuff out of the way," he said. "I've got a lot of good options to consider, though. So I might need a little extra time to do that. If I find something I like and feel good about before then though, I might decide sooner. We'll just wait and see how it goes."
As a Texas native, Petteway expressed some desire about playing his college basketball in-state. It's clear, however, that playing close to home won't ultimately be something that factors largely into his decision. Remaining in the Lone Star State aside, it seems that the coaching staff in Lubbock is what's made the greatest impression on the 2011 standout.
"I like the fact that they're (Tech) close to home. As I mentioned before, the staff is young and I really like that. The coaches are what I'm liking the most at Tech right now," he said. "I know it will change a little once I get to where I'm going, but right now they're just like friends or mentors. Tech is definitely a program back on the rise and one I could see myself helping get to the tournament and beyond, every year."
Aside from Texas Tech, Petteway holds offers from Bradley, Clemson, Colorado, Colorado State, Creighton, Houston, Mississippi, North Texas, Oregon, Penn State, Pepperdine, SMU, and UTEP.
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