Peters Hits Double-Digits

When Scout profiled Rakim Peters two weeks ago, he was holding onto three offers and expecting a couple more to come through in the short term. But to his surprise, the versatile defensive prospect is up to 11 verbal extensions and even more may be on the way.

Rakim Peters was sitting on just one BCS offer two weeks ago, but the number has ballooned to eight in such a short span. Including additional FBS offers, the 2013 Winder (GA) Apalachee defensive prospect is up to 11 overall.

"It feels great," he said of his sky-rocketing stock. "I thought I was going to have one or two going into my senior year, but I have a lot more."

Colorado State, Mississippi State and UCF were the latest to pull the trigger, and it all came in one day.

"After practice, coach was looking at me smiling," said Peters. "(He said) ‘I got you three more.' Central Florida, Colorado State and Mississippi State.'

"I couldn't do nothing but smile. I don't know anything about them, but I know they're in the SEC."

And when it comes to football in the SEC and its programs offering, Peters admits that it is unlike receiving an offer from any other conference.

"It's a lot different," he said, adding that he has received some preliminary interest from LSU during the week.

America's toughest football conference had already looked Peters' way, when Missouri and Kentucky pulled the trigger last week. Those schools join Purdue, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Troy and Marshall on his offer list thus far.

With so many possibilities and more likely on the way as Wake Forest continues to "push hard," according to Peters – the decision process is pushed back. He was originally thinking about a decision either before or during the 2012 season, but the amount of schools has changed things.

"Maybe signing day," he said of his current timetable.

To add some more schools in the mix, Peters said that Georgia Tech and Maryland went by Apalachee on Tuesday and Florida was there earlier in the week.

"I like Maryland," he said. "I like their jerseys. They were telling me about the great environment around campus (there)."

The additional layer of the process for Peters is where he will play at the next level. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound recruit has experience at defensive end, linebacker and even at safety. He has been practicing solely at linebacker during the spring, and it's likely where he will remain for the remainder of his high school career.

"Most of them (the programs that have offered) are thinking about me as a linebacker and some as a defensive end," he said. "Kentucky as an outside linebacker, Purdue at defensive end."

Peters maintains that he has plenty of research to do on the new schools in the mix, and he's not sure how much time he will have during the summer to make visits. However, given the right amount of time, the versatile defender wants to get to a trio of programs who were on him early in the process.

Said Peters, "I want to hit Western Kentucky, Marshall , Purdue – those are the only three I'll try to be able to go to."

For the latest on him and the Class of 2013, stay on FOX Sports Next and Scout.com.


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