There is no mistaking the talents of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne two-way standout Lovell Peterson.
At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Peterson brings the ability to line-up on either side of the ball giving any team flexibility in how they would use him on the field. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops used that to his advantage in landing Peterson this past weekend.
“The coaches are not sure yet on how they are going to use me,” said Peterson. “They told me they only have two centers on the roster and one of them is a walk-on. They also said I’m bigger than two of the four defensive tackles they already have.
“In talking with Coach Stoops and (assistant) coach (Vince) Marrow, they were definitely excited about my pledge and feel I’ll be playing right away.”
While Peterson planned on making a second visit to Lexington before making his pledge the start of track season has kept it from happening.
“I’ve been extremely busy with track so I’ve not been able to get back down there,” said Peterson. “I feel like I’ve been on the road non-stop since the end of break. We had a track meet on Saturday where I came in first in the weight throw and second in the shot. It wasn’t what I expected to do this early and know I can improve.”
One thing Peterson understands is he’s got things on his end to take care of.
“Getting this decision behind is relaxing,” said Peterson. “However, I know I still have to finish strong in the classroom and plan on doing so. Kentucky is the right fit for me and I wanted to get everything off my shoulders and concentrate on the things I need to do.”
One thing Peterson clearly sees is a changed environment from his previous visit to campus. Some of that also has to do with the programs renewed interest in recruiting Ohio.
“I really like the new environment the new coaching staff is putting in place,” explained Peterson. “It’s a new era at Kentucky and the new coaches understood getting players like Kyle Meadows, Jaleel Hytchye and myself will help the program.
“I’ve been to a couple of camps with Kyle and we usually scrimmage Lakota West each year. So I know he’s a great player and I’m excited for him and look forward to being teammates.”