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Football: Dante Pettis is more than a track standout

July 15, 2013|By Eric Sondheimer
  • Dante Pettis at Edison tournament.
Dante Pettis at Edison tournament. (Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles…)

Having run the 200 meters in 21.84 seconds and leaped 23 feet, 7 inches in the long jump, Dante Pettis of JSerra established himself as a track standout in Orange County last season as a junior.

But he's also an all-Trinity League cornerback in football, and based on how well he was covering receivers at the Edison passing tournament on Saturday, you can only conclude college recruiters are going to be excited about having someone with his speed and size.

San Diego State and Nevada have made scholarship offers.

He's 6 feet 1, 170 pounds, and he wasn't backing away from trying to contain Long Beach Poly's talented group of receivers.

"It's a challenge but good to see," he said of the competition.

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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