4-Star Peterson Checks Out Tigers

Auburn High standout Caleb Peterson discusses his visit to the Auburn campus and gives his thoughts on the new indoor facility.

Auburn, Ala.—One of the top offensive linemen in the South for the 2012 class, 6-5, 290 Caleb Peterson made the drive across town on Wednesday as he took advantage of a day off to check out the Auburn Tigers again. A visitor several times in the last two years, Peterson said it was good to see how things have changed on the campus and in particular with the new indoor facility.

"Something I was really impressed with is that we got to see the new indoor facility and go inside that," Peterson said. "That's about the nicest indoor I've seen so far. It has air conditioning and graphics on the side with big speakers to mimic game play and sound. That's probably the nicest one I've seen. It was impressive."

That was only one part of the trip for Peterson and his dad as they also sat down with offensive line Coach Jeff Grimes and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. In addition Peterson said he sat in on a meeting just to see how the Auburn coaches handle things off the field.

"I got to sit in the O-Line meeting and actually watch how they interact and how Coach Grimes coaches," Peterson said. "I also got to sit up with Coach Malzahn and have some small talk. It's nice developing relationships and letting them grow.

"It's great because as a college football fan it's cool to get the little inside feel from them," he added. "It's really interesting because they're all very smart men. They are very intelligent. It helps you out with a high school offense because it gives you another perspective and take on it other than just your coaches."

Peterson said one of the most impressive things he saw on his visit Wednesday was how the offensive line interacts in the meeting room and how Grimes communicates with his players.

"When somebody did something wrong he really chewed them out, but when somebody did something right he patted them on the back," Peterson said. "He told them what they could do better. He was supportive and at the same time he was stern with his players.

"What I liked about the players is they asked a lot of questions," he added. "The true freshmen, even if they weren't on the film, were asking questions. That's something I like a lot."

In addition to Auburn, Peterson said recently that he was also looking at Alabama, Georgia Tech and Southern Miss. His older brother Taylor Peterson currently plays for the Golden Eagles making them a serious player for the four-star lineman.

It's not just those four schools in the mix however as Peterson said he's open to every one of his 14 offers at the moment. That includes Stanford, where the big lineman said he plans to take an official visit in September for the UCLA game.

"I haven't really narrowed things down," Peterson said. "Those are just some of the schools. A piece of advice I've gotten from a lot of people that have gone through the recruiting process is to take my official visits. That's something I really want to do. I want to take my time with is and really take my official visits. They say that's where you learn the most about schools. I'm going to try to take some during the season."

Planning to make some visits during the year he said for now he's just taking his time with things until it becomes clear which school is the right one for him.

"It's something that I would like to get off my back, but at the same time you can't rush it," Peterson said. "I would like to get it done as soon as possible, but I still have to take my time with it. I kind of want to be able to make a decision quick, but it's something you really have to put a lot of time into."

Peterson and the Auburn Tigers play at Troup County (Ga.) High in a jamboree on Aug. 19 before opening the regular season the next Friday against Valley at home.

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