Back in 2012, defensive end D.J. Pettway played in all 13 games for the national championship winning Alabama Crimson Tide. Pettway made 4.0 tackles for loss and had 2.5 sacks. He looked well on his way to becoming another stud up front for Tide defensively.
However, Pettway, along with running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive back Eddie Williams were dismissed from the team after they were arrested on felony burglary charges and charges of fraudulent use of a debit/credit card.
On Wednesday, Pettway officially returned to the Tide, signing his letter of intent.
Pettway spent this season playing with East Mississippi Community College. In 12 games, Pettway had 47 tackles and 11.5 sacks.
In high school, Pettway, who attended Pensacola Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida, was considered a four star prospect and chose the Tide over the Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles and Southern Cal Trojans, over other.
Since Pettway had to be re-recruited this year, he nearly chose the Seminoles. Their defense is led by Jeremy Pruitt, who was the defensive backs’ coach at Alabama when Pettway played for the Tide back in 2012.
In the end, returning to the Tide won out for Pettway.