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The recruiting attention four-star offensive lineman Nick Petit-Frere is getting leading into his senior year isn't something he ever expected.
Petit-Frere, a Rivals250 member, said it's been an unexpected but much-appreciated experience.
"I never really anticipated it, but I’m very grateful that its’s happened," Petit-Frere said. "To be getting offered like this, I’m just very humbled and very grateful."
Recruitment can be a lot for someone Petit-Frere's age to handle, and the four-star said his head coach Dominick Ciao has been a huge help throughout his recruitment.
"Coah Ciao, he’s been able to keep me in check and make sure it’s not getting too big for me.," Petit-Frere said. "I’ve been able to take everything step-by-step and I’m really enjoying the process right now."
According to Petit-Frere, his family didn't know much about recruiting before, so Ciao's guidance has been truly invaluable.
"That might be the most important thing honestly," Petit-Frere said. "My family has never been in a recruiting situation like this, so we had zero information about colleges or anything like that. Coach Ciao came around and he knew everything about colleges and visits and things like that."
Petit-Frere said the key for him so far has been staying humble, something he's been able to do thanks to the wisdom imparted him by his mother.
"I was born with being humble," Petit-Frere stated. "My mom always tells me to be thankful for everything I have, because it can all go away like that."
Having that support system with his mother, his coach, and others around him has been vital to Petit-Frere as he's made his way through high school, and he wants to make sure they are recognized.
"I have to thank my parents, my family, my friends, my coaches, and anybody that’s been involved in this process," Petit-Frere said. "It’s really a testament to them as well with them making sure I got to the point where I am. People want to say ‘congrats Nick, you did it.” But I want to make sure I thank all of them as well."
Most of all, Petit-Frere is thankful for Berkeley Prep, the school that turned him in to the prospect he's become.
"I love Berkeley," Petit-Frere said. "It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I’m here not only for football, but I’m here as a student athlete. I’m coming out of here with a great degree, and a chance to go to college and get a great degree there and hopefully a chance to play in the NFL."