Cards near the top of Peters list

Central High School defensive lineman <b>Corey Peters</b>, one of Kentucky's top prospects, lists hometown Louisville a close second on his current to an SEC powerhouse. However, the 6-4, 285-pound Peters has some concerns about playing for the Cardinals and Bobby Petrino will have to overcome those to land his signature next February.

Louisville (Ky.) defensive tackle Corey Peters (6-3, 280, 5.1) says Auburn leads slightly over Louisville, Michigan, Kentucky (first to offer) and Clemson. The Cardinals and Wildcats are his only offers.

"Auburn leads slightly over the other schools in my top five right now," says Peters, from Central High School.

"I like the location because I'm from the South originally. And I really like the good reputation of coach (Tommy) Tuberville. I know a couple of guys who've met him and I've just heard some great things. I haven't visited them yet, but I know that I just like the team.

"I also like coach (Bobby) Petrino of Louisville. I actually went to all of their home games this past season, and I only missed one," he says. "They've got great facilities and it seems like a real nice place. I just know that if I went there, I might not really get the full college experience because it's so close to home. I'd probably be going home to eat and get my laundry done if I went there, and I want to go to a school so I can do some things on my own and grow up.

"Michigan is my #3 school. They've given me a verbal offer but I haven't received anything written from them. I really like everything about them…I mean their name says a lot. But one thing I don't like is the cold weather there.

"It might be possible for me to overcome something like that though, but I know that weather will play into my decision. People, like my ex-teammate, James McKinney (Michigan signee), say that it's not as bad as I might think. I'm just going to stay in touch with James and see how he ends up liking it.

"I know that I don't want to go too far from home…I mean it's not like I'll be going out to California or anything, but I'm also open to the schools in the east and as far west as Nebraska."

Peters will be at the Ballard High School combine in May that is held for the top prospects in the state of Kentucky.

"If my money situation is right, I might go take in a camp at Michigan, but I'll definitely go to the camp at Kentucky.

"I want to take my official visits and ease into this whole recruiting process."

Peters also runs track and wrestles. "I wouldn't want to choose any of these other sports over football. I basically do them to stay in shape.

"I'm a good team and role player. I'll do whatever a coach needs me to do. I want to work on my strength (bench presses 300) and speed--that's part of the reason I do track. Just getting stronger is the big thing for me."

Final JR (10-3) stats: 88 tackles/25 TFL/12 sacks/4 FC/2 FR/2 batted passes; Vert Jump: 26"

3.2 GPA/21 ACT--June retest

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