Offense or defense for Peterson?

Louisiana is known for being one of, if not, the best talent producing state per capita in the entire country. Every year it turns out multiple athletes that are capable of making major contributions on either side of the ball at the next level. One of the best of those athletes in 2008 was DAngelo Peterson from Baton Rouge.

DeAngelo Peterson put up big numbers on both sides of the ball in his senior season at Desire Street Academy.


“On offense I had 43 catches for 746 yards and 10 touchdowns,” Peterson said. “Defensively I had 114 tackles, 4 sacks, and 4 interceptions. I made all-district, all-metro, and all-state. I think I’m supposed to play in the Louisiana-Texas all star game too.”


So what side of the ball would the standout athlete prefer to play in college?


“I don’t really have a preference of offense or defense,” he said. “The coaches have told me I’m coming in as a receiver, but if things aren’t working out there I might move to safety later.”


Now standing at 6-3 and weighing 205 pounds, Peterson has been working hard to get himself ready for the next level no matter what position he is playing.


“I’ve been running track and doing Coach Moffit’s workout,” he said. “Coach Moffit’s program is a lot harder than what I’m used to. There are a lot of exercises in it that I’ve never done before, especially the jerks and snatches.”


“In track I run the 4x100 and 4x200,” Peterson continued. “I also do the high jump and triple jump. I qualified for state in triple jump and the 4x200. I also played basketball and made all district.”


Once he is finished with track Peterson will only have a few weeks to rest before he moves to LSU and starts summer workouts.


“I think I’m moving there on June 6th,” he said. “I have a 3.1 GPA and 1260 SAT so I’m good to go. I know I’m living with Lavar Edwards, but I’m not sure who else. I’ve met most of the other guys so it doesn’t matter who I live with.”


The 4-star wide out has obviously worked very hard up to this point in his young career to get to where he is and he plans on continuing that hard work in his freshman season.


“I just want to come in and work hard and compete to get on the field early,” he said. “The coaches haven’t really talked to me yet about whether I’m going to redshirt or not. Obviously everyone wants to get on the field early, but if I have to redshirt that’s not a big deal.”


The New Orleans native was also able to make it to some LSU practices over the spring to get a firsthand look of what he’s going to be competing against in the fall.


What were his impressions?


“I went to a few of the spring practices,” Peterson said. “I couldn’t make it to the spring game because I was out of town. But from what I saw in the practices everybody moves a lot faster and is working really hard. The guys looked like they were having a lot of fun.”


Note: Peterson said he is planning on majoring in management.


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