“I had a very good time over there,” Junior Petit-Jean said of his trip to Wake Forest. “I got to meet the coaches, the head coach, some of the players, watch a live practice, and see the campus. It was great.”
“It was my first time visiting them,” he noted. “I had a great feel for them after I left. The campus was beautiful. I like everything about it.”
After his visit to Wake Forest, Petit-Jean was able to name the Demon Deacons as his slight leader, though he admits the Deacs may have a tactical advantage at this point in his recruitment. “I would say Wake Forest is at the top, but in a way I can’t really say that as I just came off an official visit. I’ll need something to compare it to.”
Petit-Jean will get that opportunity to compare visits in January when he visits his other two finalists, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He will visit West Virginia on the 19th of January and will head to Wisconsin the following weekend.
Although he had offers from many of the nation’s top schools including Florida, Virginia, Iowa, Iowa State, South Florida, Central Florida, N.C. State, and Minnesota, Petit-Jean claims to be down to just those three schools. “I think it’s the three that recruited me well. All of them stood out so I could notice them and cut the others down.”
Although each school has formed a relationship with Petit-Jean, the school that forms the tightest bond and proves their interest in him on and off of the field may win out for his services in the end. “The factors I cut down with was I want somewhere I can get a chance to play. [I want] somewhere I feel comfortable with the players and with the coaching staff. The big thing for me is the relationship with the coaches and that’s one thing that I enjoyed about Wake and think they have with their players.”
Over the next month and a half, Petit-Jean will work towards his final decision as well as getting ready for football at the next level. “I’m just trying to build my size and speed,” he noted. “You’ve got to get ready to hit with those guys. It’s a whole other level. Bigger and faster people are coming at you.”
This past season, in his last year at Naples (FL) High School, Petit-Jean led his team to a 12-2 record before losing in the 3rd round of the playoffs. Petit-Jean had 50 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, three blocked field goals, two interceptions, a blocked punt, and seven pass deflections during his senior campaign.