Also traveling with Pettis will be Pop Saunders, the Sentinel's Central Florida Defensive Player of the year last year who is also one of the area's top running backs. He played quarterback last year in an emergency backup role and led the team to the 6A state title game. Saunders is an early UF commitment and the No. 1 player in the Sentinel's Super60.
Pettis is a lifelong Florida State fan whose father Kevin Pettis is head coach for last year's state runners-up Bulldogs. He committed to the Seminoles on Dec. 1 of last year, just after FSU cleared things up about who would be among new head coach Jimbo Fisher's coaching staff, namely offensive line coach Rick Trickett.
"Trey loves coach (Bobby) Bowden and he loves coach Fisher," the elder Pettis said at the time. "But I think it was really important for him to know that coach Trickett is still going to be there."
Trickett remains and it's unlikely that Pettis' early commitment will change. Pettis will be joined by three more early FSU commitments in Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast teammates Lamarcus Brutus, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety, and Keelin Smith, a 6-4, 185-pound cornerback; and Eric Beverly, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back from Jacksonville First Coast.
Also attending from the Orlando area will be Daytona Beach Mainland standouts RB Marlin Lane and OL Garrett Clark; Groveland South Lake DB Nick Waisome, ranked No. 3 in the Super60; and Boone OL Max Lang, ranked No. 11, who just received his first big college offer from the 'Noles; as well as Sanford Seminole WR Ron Moore Jr. (5-10, 175), a somewhat under-the-radar talent who is also gaining some interest.
Lane, the No. 6-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60, has already committed to Clemson with a very early pledge last summer (July 13), but he has said he's still open to looking around. Mainland teammate Cortez Davis has also committed to Clemson. Interestingly, Clemson also has junior day this weekend.
Lane will be traveling with teammate Clark, whose stock has been rising with performances at early camps, including the Rutgers Badgers Sport Elite Lineman Challenge earlier this month. He also attended Florida's junior day last week.
Waisome received another offer on Friday and might have the area's longest list of suitors. Mississippi State is the latest and they join Arizona, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi, Notre Dame, NC State, Stanford and UCF
Also expected in attendance this weekend is Plant City's versatile Jordan Prestwood, a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder who plays OL, TE and DL. Prestwood is the No. 15-ranked player on the Sentinel's Florida Top 100 by Bill Buchalter. Others are No. 11 Denzel Perryman, a linebacker out of Coral Gables; No. 37-ranked Wayne Lyons, (6-0, 190) a safety out of Fort Lauderdale Dillard; No. 40 DE Anthony Rabassa (6-3, 230) of Miami Columbus; No. 51 OL Bobby Hart (6-4, 285) of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, a transfer from Lauderale Bishop Gibbons for his senior season; Chris Johnson (5-10, 186) a cornerback from Ocala Trinity Catholic who was a top performer at last week's Jacksonville Under Armour Combine; Lakeland Lake Gibson OT Errin Joe (6-4, 285); Griffin (Ga.) DE Xzavier Dickson (6-3, 238); and Jacksonville Bolles brothers Nathan Theus (2011, 6-3, 240, center) and John Theus (2012, 6-6, 274, tackle).
One player who is unlikely to attend this weekend is DE Ray Drew (6-5, 243) of Thomasville, Ga. Drew, an FSU fan, is one of the more highly sought players in the 2011 class.
He told Warchant.com, "I probably won't take a junior day visit there," he said. "I have basically seen what Florida State has. I may try to get back down there soon just to see it again, but as far as a junior day I am not sure, I might or I might not. I was down there I don't know how many times in the last year because of games and the camp, so I have seen everything down there. I pretty much know what Florida State has to offer."
The same goes for Fort Pierce Central DE Giorgio Newberry, who said Wednesday he is unlikely to attend this particular junior day event, but will attend one of FSU's tours. Newberry has more than 20 offers and they just keep rolling in.