DUNCAN — When Duncan's Domonique Petties was ruled ineligible midway through the season by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, he wasn't sure if his dream of playing NCAA Division I football was over.
It's not. After back-to-back weekends of making visits, Petties verbally committed to Arizona on Monday, said Duncan coach Jim Holloway.
Petties, 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds and being recruited as an athlete, was having a solid senior season for the Demons before it was discovered that Petties was in his fifth year of high school. The problem was discovered in his transcripts after transferring from Del City.
Petties missed a year of school between his sophomore and junior year because of extenuating circumstances, and it made him a fifth-year student. The NCAA requires that prospective student-athletes finish high school in four years unless there were extenuating circumstances. Petties was ruled to have extenuating circumstances.
“His focus has been on taking care of his academics,” Holloway said. “He's been unbelievable during this entire time. Some kids once they would have found out they couldn't play, wouldn't have been able to deal with it.
“He's done the total opposite. He's had a tremendous attitude and has spent his time working hard in the weight room and getting his grades in order.”
Petties, a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, is ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 and was the highest-ranked prospect to not have committed.