In-state battle brewing for Central High star

Louisville and Kentucky, along with Auburn, are battling for the services of Louisville Central High standout Corey Peters. Peters, a 6-3, 285-pound defensive tackle, has already taken official visits to U of L and UK, and he'll visit Auburn in two weeks. Where's Peters' headed? Maybe only momma knows the answer to that question right now.

Appearing on a radio program geared toward University of Kentucky fans, Louisville Central High standout Corey Peters insisted that three programs currently are tied atop his list of favorites.

"Right now it's a three-way tie for first between Louisville, Kentucky, and Auburn," Peters told the Kentucky Sports Radio program.

Peters, a 6-3, 285-pound defensive tackle, said the appeal with Louisville is the schools proximity to home.

"Louisville is right here, I'm a big momma's boy and that's a big deal to me to have my mother have a chance to see me play," he said when asked about his interest the Cardinals program. "With Louisville she would probably have the chance to see all of my games."

Apparently, finding a school close to his home and his mother will play a major role in Peters' ultimate decision.

Will it be Louisville, Kentucky or
Auburn for Corey Peters?
"She's the love of my life, but she pretty much stays out of my (recruitment)," Peters said. "She tells me to make the best decision even though I know in her heart she wants me to stay close. So that's going to pull me this way whether she says it or not. That's a big part."

Peters said he's drawn to the Tigers because of their winning tradition as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

"With Auburn, it's the program," Peters said. "They always have a top program."

Last weekend, Peters made an official visit to Kentucky. He said he likes the idea of helping rebuild a program that has struggled in recent seasons.

"I like Kentucky a lot and I think they're making strides in the right direction," Peters said. "They're going to win in the next couple years and I think they'll go to a bowl next year. I just came off my visit this past weekend and I had fun hanging out with the players."

And even though Kentucky hasn't enjoyed the same on-field success as Louisville and Auburn in recent years, that fact hasn't diminished his interest in the ‘Cats.

"They haven't been as successful as Louisville and Auburn, but they're still very high (on my list)," he said.

Peters will take an official visit to Auburn Jan. 13. He also said he might consider visits to both Michigan and Ohio State, though the two Big Ten programs clearly have ground to make up ground on his three favorites. "Hopefully after that (visit) I'll have a (decision), but I'm not positive," he said.

Will Peters choose an established winner like Louisville or Auburn? Or will he opt to help rebuild Rich Brooks' program? Perhaps only momma knows the answer to that question right now.

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