DUNCAN — One offer is all it takes. Getting seen by the right scout at the right time is sometimes all that differentiates one recruit from another.
For Duncan defensive back Dominique Petties, that time was mid-January and that offer was from Oklahoma.
There's no question Petties was receiving interest from some top schools and even had an offer from Texas Tech, but an offer from the Sooners got everyone's attention about how good Petties really is.
It's been a much-needed silver lining in what have been a tumultuous couple of years for Petties and his family.
Petties grew up in Del City, but after some family troubles after his sophomore season, the family moved to Duncan.
Petties declined to comment on the family issues but said he is still trying to adjust to everything.
"It was a huge shock (moving from Del City to Duncan), I mean everything was just so different," Petties said. "It was tough to leave some of my friends behind, but the people in Duncan are so nice."
As a junior, Petties showed glimpses of what makes him such a sought-after recruit and why he is No. 6 on The Oklahoman's top 30 football recruits for 2011.
He finished the season with 73 tackles and six interceptions to go with four rushing touchdowns.
"He stopped playing for a time (when Petties was younger)," Del City's Jamelle Naff said. "Once he came back out, he was like a freak. He is just so fast. I'm happy for him."
Since the OU offer, interest has certainly picked up for Petties as three other schools have offered him.
One of the bigger questions has to do with what position he'll play in college. He's being recruited as an athlete while some schools see him as a safety and others see him at linebacker.
"To me, it doesn't really matter what position," Petties said. "I just want the chance to be able to show what I can do. I'll do it wherever they want me to."
Petties is going to get that opportunity as scouts will flock to Duncan games. The Demons, loaded with Division I-caliber talent, got a taste of it with all the attention of scouts and media during spring practices. Petties said the competition has inspired him to bring his game to that next level.
"It's been great, and it's real exciting," Petties said. "I'm just ready to see if there will be another school to show interest. We're going to do some things this year."