Jeff Peterson Meets with Lickliter

New Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter still is pounding the pavement trying to land quality players in the spring signing period. One of his main targets is DeMatha PG Jeff Peterson. Lickliter met with Peterson and his father on Monday night. Find out how things went in this HN.com Premium Recruiting Update

Jeff Peterson said he is getting "very close" to making his college decision, but he's not quite ready to pull the trigger.

The point guard from DeMatha High in Maryland met at his home Monday night with Iowa coach Todd Lickliter and came away "very impressed."

"He reiterated some of the things that he's done in the past at Butler and explained some of the things that I had questions about," the 6-1, 190-pound Peterson said. "He told me how I would fit into his program and the ways that guys play the positions in his system."

Asked how close "very close" was in terms of making a decision, Peterson said he was looking at middle to late this week before finalizing everything. From his comments and excitement level, it appeared he just wanted to thoroughly examine all factors. It did seem like Iowa was the team to beat despite the lead guard not wanting to give anything away.

"I'm not saying they're the leader," said Peterson of Iowa as he chuckled. "I really want to go over things with my mom and a few of my coaches and weigh the pros and cons. I did that with every school I'm interested in. It's just a little different with Coach Lickliter."

Peterson, who also is considering Princeton and Saint Louis, said his father John Peterson joined him during the in-home visit with Lickliter.

"He thinks it's a great situation," Jeff Peterson said of his dad‘s opinion. "He knows I'll have to go in and work hard, but that will be the case at any school I choose. But he believes I can play in the Big Ten as do I. He thought Coach Lickliter was a great guy and coach and believes I can play for him if I think it's the best fit."

Peterson, who averaged 15 points and nine assists as a senior, came close to committing to Iowa last month when he officially visited the campus with former Hawkeye Coach Steve Alford, who left for New Mexico shortly after that trip. But he needed to reassess things when Lickliter came in to Iowa City.

"Coach Lickliter stressed that he was a fair guy and a fair coach," Peterson said. "He said there was a chance that I could come in and play but it was up to me to decide that. I like that. It's on me if I play."

Peterson said he wasn't sure if Iowa's scholarship offer extended by Alford remained in place during the last month, but it didn't matter now.

"Coach Lickliter made it official tonight," Peterson said. "There's a scholarship for me."

So, are you going to take it?

"I really want to take at least a little time with this decision," Peterson said laughing. "It will be soon."


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