Mark Ferrante and his staff received their first of many letters intent early Wednesday morning, as part of the all-new early National Signing Day.
Their first official recruit to sign with the Wildcats was James Petrovcik, a 6-foot-4, 280 pound offensive lineman.
Welcome to Nova Nation, @JamesPetrovcik! #TapTheRock pic.twitter.com/swWXv8McAK— Villanova Football (@NovaFootball) December 20, 2017
Petrovcik is a native of West Orange, N.J. and primarily played left tackle at Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) He is one of the top linemen to come out of New Jersey in his class and was a bright spot for a team that had a rough 2-8 season.
He boasts great pass protection ability and footwork and should be a good fit for the spread offense Villanova runs. While he was a tackle in high school, his frame allows him to also play the guard positions of needed. He has a high motor and doesn’t stop laying down hits until the whistle is blown. This young lineman has good technique and certainly doesn’t look like a project.
The Wildcats bid farewell to just three offensive linemen this past season. They have 11 others on roster. He and Matt Mazza are the two offensive linemen in this recruiting class.