Five Offers For Auburn High Offensive Tackle

Taylor Peterson's stock as a football prospect is rising as he and his team have a strong season.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn High goes into the opening round of the state playoffs this week as the No. 1 ranked Class 6A football team in the state.

One of the players who has contributed to that success is a newcomer to the team, 6-4, 290-pound senior left tackle Taylor Peterson, a transfer from McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Ga., where he started as a sophomore and junior.

"Being undefeated is a big deal," says Peterson, who notes that he has been welcomed with open arms by his new teammates. "They have made it real easy on me."

He started the season playing well and has steadily improved at his new school. "I feel like I?am playing a lot better," Peterson says. "Coach (Mike) Glisson has helped me out a lot with my technique and things like that. I have gotten a lot bigger and a lot stronger."

Currently 6-4, 290 pounds, the lineman says he bench presses 370 pounds and squats 455. He also notes that he is still growing. "I am pretty sure I will end up being around six-foot-five and round 315," he says.

Peterson has played well enough to attract lots of attention from college coaches. "I have scholarship offers from Memphis, Troy, UAB, South Alabama and Samford,"?he says. "I am hearing from Georgia Tech, Auburn, Ohio State, Duke and Georgia Southern."

The left tackle says he would like to get an offer from his childhood favorite, the Auburn Tigers. "I like the tradition of Auburn football," he says.

He camped at Auburn this summer and notes that he stays in touch with AU's offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes. "I have been to a lot of their games and I talk to Coach Grimes on facebook," he says.

In addition to being strong on the football field, Peterson is a straight A student in the classroom who is interested in majoring in business as a collegian.

This week the business of AHS football is about the opening round of the state playoffs as Auburn High prepares to take on visiting Robert E. Lee of Montgomery on Friday night at Duck Samford Stadium. The Tigers, who are 10-0, have a goal of winning the school's first-ever 6A state football title. "I think we have a pretty good chance to go all the way," Peterson says.

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