Peters recruitment about to heat up

<b>Corey Peters</b>, an athletic 6-3, 275-pound lineman from Louisville Central, might be the city of Louisville's top junior prospect on the gridiron. He's already received one formal scholarship offer and more are certainly on the way. With more than 20 schools already showing interest, Peter's recruitment is about to heat up.

Corey Peters might have been overshadowed last season by Michigan signee James McKinney along Central High's defensive front but there are plenty who believe the 6 foot 3, 275-pound junior was the best player on defense for the Yellow Jackets in 2004.

In fact, Peters, who attend the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio last month, is increasingly becoming the target of college recruiters looking for athletic and active defensive lineman.

"It just kind of jumped up on me real fast," Peters said of the recruiting process. "I've already got 20 or so big schools calling me. And I'm getting mail on a daily basis now."

While Peters currently has just one written scholarship offer - from Kentucky, several high profile programs like Michigan, Louisville and Nebraska have extended less formal verbal offers. "A lot of schools are talking about [extending written offers]," Peters confirmed.

Originally from Mississippi, Peters moved to Louisville four years ago as an eigth grader.

"I'm not really a fan of either team [Kentucky or Louisville] and didn't follow college until last year," said Peters. "I was more of an NFL fan."

However, Peters did make an unofficial visit to Louisville for the Cardinals big win over TCU on ESPN during last season's 11-1 campaign and has a growing familiarity with the U of L program.

"Right now I'm wide open," said Peters. "I don't have any favorites. But with McKinney going to Michigan that gives them a plus. I also like Louisville a lot."

As for Kentucky, the only program to formally offer to this point, Peters said, "I'm interested, but it depends on how their season goes."

Peters, who also wrestles and throws the shot put at Central, sounds like he'll have a busy summer before taking his place at the head of the Commonwealth's class of 2006 next fall.

"I know I need to keep getting stronger and faster," Peters said. "We start working out in the weight room next week."

He also plans to attend several football camps this summer.

"I'll go to some camps this summer, definitely Ohio State and Michigan, and probably Kentucky again," said Peters. "I'll probably go to as many camps as I can afford."

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