Early Offer: Tigers Like Sophomore Lineman

Auburn High School football player Caleb Peterson discusses his visit to the Auburn campus and an offer from the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Although he still has two seasons of high school football to play, Auburn High School offensive lineman Caleb Peterson now has an offer from the hometown Auburn University Tigers.

"It was sure exciting to get the scholarship offer," Peterson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am honored to be getting a scholarship offer as a sophomore from a college in the SEC like Auburn."

Peterson, a 6-4, 292-pounder, broke into the starting lineup last fall on a team that made a strong run at the Class 6A state title after finishing the regular season undefeated.

Taylor Peterson, started at in 2009 as a senior. Taylor is close to graduation at Auburn High and is heading to Southern Miss where he signed a scholarship to play for the Golden Eagles.

Last season was the first at AHS for the Peterson brothers after their family moved from Peachtree City, Ga., to Auburn. Caleb played on the varsity at Peachtree City as a ninth grader.

Peterson said he has enjoyed attending AHS?and noted the coaching he has received from Tim Carter and his staff has been "incredible." He added, "The coaches here know everything about their positions they coach. It is crazy how good they are."

On Tuesday the prospect visited the Auburn campus after taking previous trips to Southern Miss and Alabama. Commenting on his visits, he said, "They are all about the same. I am trying to not to get too excited about it and take a view from the outside."

Peterson noted that he grew up without a favorite college team so he is going into the recruiting process with an open mind.

On his trip to AU with his father Steve and Coach Carter, he spent time with Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and head coach Gene Chizik. Peterson said he watched a highlight video of Auburn players in the NFL, talked about the improving offense in general with Malzahn and the offensive line in detail with Grimes.

"Then we went to Coach Chizik's office and we just talked about the type of people they have at Auburn--what they want, what they expect out of their players," he said. "He said they want the best people, but they also need the right people. They don't want somebody who is going to be disrespectful. They need somebody who is going to get the job done and be a good person as well."

Peterson took two unofficial recruiting visits to Auburn last fall with his brother to see the Tigers play West Virginia and Kentucky.

A prospect who is still growing physically, Peterson said he expects to get to six-foot-six to six-foot-seven range.

He noted that having Taylor go through the recruiting process, he knows what to expect. He added that he is excited to see how well Taylor does at Southern Miss. "My brother is really good," Caleb said. "He is probably going to start for Southern Miss. That is what he is working towards now."

Auburn High's only loss last year came to eventual state champion Prattville, which returned a punt for a touchdown at the end of the game to pull out a victory over AHS in the playoffs.

Peterson expects his team will be strong again this fall. "We can definitely be as good as we were last year,"?he said.


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