Mid way through the 2007 season not too many coaches or scouts knew who Otis Peterson was. How could they when Peterson didn't have a single catch half way through his junior season. Still he kept pressing on and soon after exploded onto the scene.
Otis finished 2007 with 38 catches for 697 yards and 7 touchdowns. Coming into 2008 defensive coaches and back started to game plan around #18.
One college team that did take notice of Peterson was the ULM Warhawks. "I came out for one of their one day camps in late June", said Otis. They digitally clocked me at 4.40 and 4.41 in the forty and offered me my first scholarship soon after.
In 2009 Otis has come full circle as one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the state. Belle Chasse had 2 games cancelled because of the Hurricane and Otis missed one game when he broke his wrist. He returned the next week and picked up where he left off catching a touchdown pass to help his Cardinals advance to play the Bastrop Rams.
Coming into Saturday night state championship game against Shaw, Otis has 40 catches for 959 yards and 7 touchdowns. He had a career night against the Rams hauling in 9 passes for 197 yards and a 60 yard bomb in a 35-34 upset. The Cardinal also use Otis as a runner carrying the ball 14 times for 159 yards and a score.
ESPN Scouts Inc has Otis ranked as the #159 WR in the nation and this to say about Mr Peterson. "Peterson is a smooth-looking receiver prospect with great high school production. Could be sliding under the radar with his good combination of speed, hands and quickness at the position. The one area of concern is size; has adequate height but is slight in build and lacks great upper-body strength. Fast release off the line and can quickly eat up the cushion and stretch a defense vertically. Quick out of his breaks but needs to become a bit sharper and more polished as a route runner."
"Hands are soft and very good. Does a good job extending away from his body for the difficult grab and transitions upfield very quickly after the catch. Snags the ball well in-stride; overall shows very good body control and fluidity as a pass catcher. A bit of a long strider in the second level but can separate and flashes good top-end speed. However, he could struggle adjusting to the increased physicality of the next level".
Belle Chasse (12-1) will be trying to avenge a 28-27 loss earlier in the season to Shaw in which a missed PAT led to their only loss of the season.
Otis makes the 9th commitment for the ULM Warhawks as is fully qualified. There is a good possibility Otis will be able to early enroll in January and be able to participate in Spring Practice.