Big Lineman Checks Out the Tigers

Caleb Peterson, a junior offensive lineman who is already receiving plenty of recruiting attention, discusses his visit to Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--A football prospect with an early scholarship offer from Auburn, Caleb Peterson, was on campus for the Tigers' first junior day of 2011.

The offensive tackle from Auburn High School says he enjoyed the event that included a celebration at Jordan-Hare Stadium honoring the 2010 national football champion Tigers where a crowd close to 80,000 fans showed up for the event.

"I saw basically what I was looking for," Peterson says. "I was surprised how many people showed up seeing how it wasn't really a game, it was just a celebration for the national championship. It was nice.

"They got a lot of trophies, I'm sure that team has more trophies than any other team got," Peterson says. "It's probably a record. I mean Cam Newton himself got three or four awards, and Coach (Gene) Chizik got three different best coach awards so it was really informational because we talked about their academics and how they run it.

"We went to the weight room and talked about how they do their weight training program," Peterson notes. "We talked about how they actually are expanding their weight room and building a new indoor facility."

Peterson points out he had the chance to spend time with Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. "It was real good," he says. "He told about their offense and how they run the offense. He also told us about how they pull and the zone reads. We talked about how many offensive linemen he has put in the pros on his different teams.

"He is a great coach," the 6-4, 292-pound tackle says. "He's a real good teacher and he definitely knows his stuff so it's impressive."

Caleb Peterson is shown in action as a junior for Auburn High School.

Auburn is not the only college that has noticed Peterson. "I have three offers, but I'm getting mail from USC, Oregon, UCLA, Stanford, Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, all of the SEC schools, Penn State and Oklahoma," he says. "My offers are Alabama, Auburn and Southern Mississippi."

Asked about how he will narrow his list of colleges before making a decision, he says, "Well, I really haven't even started thinking about it yet because you know I'm only a junior and I still have a whole year of decision making. I mean seeing those big ol' rings that they are wearing, the national championship rings, I want a state ring so I still have a long time before I have to make my decision."

Peterson's family moved to Auburn from Peachtree City, Ga., a couple of years ago and the offensive tackle has been able to get a good feel for Auburn University since then. "Well being around the program I kind of get a good taste of it, and I like it because I am doing high school around a bunch of Auburn fans, and I've done the whole Toomer's Corner thing and that's real cool."


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