Big OL Closer To Making A Decision

Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson discusses recruiting, making a decision, and getting ready for his senior year.

Auburn, Ala.—A four-star prospect and the number 17 guard prospect in the nation according to Scout.com, big Caleb Peterson plays left tackle for the Auburn High Tigers and is a physically imposing prospect. At 6-5, 290 and one of the strongest players in the country, Peterson could play either inside or outside on the next level and he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he's getting closer to making his decision.

"It's a really tough thing to decide because it's the next five years of my life and it's a big deal," Peterson said. "You don't want to get the decision wrong because it will mess up your whole life. I'm kind of taking it slow, but I think I'm getting ready to decide soon.

"It's stressful," he added. "I would like to get it out of the way as soon as possible. I want to get it done quick, but you also have to take your time with it."

With offers from all over the country, Peterson said at the moment there is a group of schools he's thinking his decision will come from when he's ready to pull the trigger.

"It's Georgia Tech, Southern Miss, Alabama and Auburn," Peterson said. "Those are the ones I know will be in the mix."

Already very familiar with the recruiting process after watching his older brother Taylor go through it as a senior at Auburn, Peterson said he's got some specific things in mind he's looking for in his future home.

"Education is a huge point for me," Peterson said. "Besides education something I really look for is the community and the fan base. I love crazy fans. It feels great when you know that fan is going crazy for you. That's a good feeling and something I really like. One of the big things too is the weight room for me. I love looking at weight rooms. The three biggest things are how I get along with the players, the team chemistry, the weight room, and the community."

Along with fellow senior tackle Clay Machen, Peterson is part of one of the largest high school offensive lines in Alabama in 2011. With plenty of experience on both sides of the ball it's clear that Peterson is one of the leaders for the Tigers on the field, a job he relishes in.

"The team is really based on how good the senior class is and how well they lead," Peterson said. "It is a lot of pressure, but at the same time it's an honor. I'm excited because I have one more year left and we're the leaders on the team. It feels good."

Already considered one of the top players at his position in the country following a strong junior season, Peterson has worked hard to improve his game heading into the 2011 season. Always a physical blocker at the point of attack, he said for him there were a few things he wanted to make himself an even better player.

"Me and my dad always work on strength," Peterson said. "I want to get as strong as possible. You can never be too strong because there is always going to be someone stronger than you. We've really been focusing on speed, getting my times down, and conditioning real hard. My brother plays at Southern Miss and he brings home his college running programs. That gets real fun."

Expected to make a run at the 6A title after falling short in each of the last few years, Auburn will need its offense and quarterback Cameron Luper to come up big. Peterson said with the offense expected to do big things and himself an important part of it, it makes getting preseason practices started a very fun and exciting time.

"It feels great," Peterson said. "Everybody has been training real hard this offseason in the weight room and running hard, just making every day count. I'm proud of everybody. It feels great to be back on the field and getting in gear. I'm excited. Everybody looks good."


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