Emotional arrival

CLEMSON – A year to the day that he committed, Garry Peters walked onto the practice field for the first time in his Clemson career.

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The former Scout.com three-star cornerback stepped right into the fire Tuesday when the Tigers opened fall camp. He quickly realized some of the differences between college and high school football.

"In high school, you've just got cover one, cover two, cover three and cover four," Peters said. "At the college level, it's a lot more intense. There's a lot more stuff you've got to pick up on."

It's all happening so fast, too.

"The speed of the game gets faster, but it's pretty much the plays. If you know how to play football, you'll be alright," he said.

Of course, it wasn't exactly a speedy process getting there.

Peters didn't arrive until Monday, just in time for the first day of practice.

He had work to do over the summer to ensure that he would qualify. Peters passed a class he needed with an A and received clearance from the NCAA.

"I was so nervous, because you never know. I was so far away, but so close at the same time," Peters said.

Defensive ends coach Chris Rumph, who served as his main recruiter, called Peters' mom with the news.

Although he made it in, that wasn't the message she first delivered.

"My mom came in the room and woke me up. She was playing with me. She said I didn't make it and I had to go to Hargrave," Peters said. "She woke me up an hour later and said, ‘I'm just playing!'"

Ouch. Talk about a cruel joke.

"I was upset. I probably teared a little bit in my room," he said with a smile.

All joking aside, Peters already knows that he made the right choice. Less than a week on campus and he already has high expectations for the team.

"We want to win. Every year, that's the expectation. We want to win every game," Peters said. "We don't ever step on this field with the intention that we're going to lose a game. We want to win every game."

Whether he'll be helping out this fall is still an unknown. Ranked as the No. 56 corner in the nation, Peters is hoping to see the field but knows he's got his work cut out for him.

"As a freshman coming in, we've got a lot of work, a lot of stuff left to do as a whole. We're trying to get to our goal, get to where we need to be," he said.

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