Emerging TE Visits Texas A&M

Tight end Andrew Peterson has burst onto the national recruiting scene this week after sending out his highlight tape less than a week ago. With over 20 offers collected in the past two days, he's become one of the hottest prospects in the country. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke with him just prior to his official visit to Texas A&M.

While early commitments have taken over the recruiting process, college coaches still stumble across a few late bloomers every year that emerged during their senior season.

But nothing has come close to the story of Seagoville (TX) tight end Andrew Peterson over the past week and the sensation it has caused from Michigan to Utah down to his home state of Texas. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end can thank the Internet for the recent interest and offers from some of the top football programs in the nation.

"It has gotten crazy just since Monday," Peterson said on his way to his first official visit at Texas A&M. "The guy at TexasPreps sent my highlights to thirty schools and within two days I heard from at least twenty. My coach said colleges were still stopping by the school this morning but I was already on my way to A&M."

It's not just any school that's making a quick path to Seagoville High School in the Dallas metroplex. It's a who's who of college football stopping by with scholarship offers in hand.

"I've heard from OSU, Tennessee, Utah, BYU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and a bunch of others," Peterson said. "A Texas coach also stopped by and they want to offer me."

So what did the coaches see on the film that had them offering on the spot and sending coaches down to Dallas on a moment's notice?

"I'm a pretty big guy but I'm athletic and can get open," Peterson said. "But my biggest strength is my blocking ability and my hands. People say I've got the strongest hands they've ever seen."

His highlights on YouTube have already caused a stir among Internet recruiting observers. He towers over the opposing defensive linemen and outside linebackers and his many pancake blocks have received high marks from Internet fans. Given that so many schools immediately offered Peterson a free ride upon seeing his film, coaches apparently agree with the fans for a change. Peterson is the real deal.

Now that the Seagoville native has the attention of 20-plus schools, he has to quickly narrow down his list and start taking visits. He's doing just that with an official visit to Texas A&M this weekend. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop caught up with Peterson as he was rolling into College Station Friday morning.

"Texas A&M is close to home. I want my friends and family to come watch me play," Peterson said. "They are also turning things around and they like to involve the tight end in their offense."

This will be his first official visit. Peterson discussed what he wants to get out of this weekend's trip.

"I just want to see how I feel around everybody and how I fit in down there," Peterson said. "I feel pretty good about A&M and look forward to the visit. Donald Sloan and Derrick Roland played basketball down there and they come back to Seagoville all the time and tell us how much they like the people at A&M."

But Peterson made it clear that he wants to take other visits and see what other schools have to offer him. He is currently scheduled to visit Utah on January 7 and Arkansas on January 14. He may consider other visits, but he's not sure at the moment.

"This has all hit at once so I'm not sure what my timetable is for a decision," Peterson said. "I still have new schools showing up every day so I just have to see how this all plays out."

Andrew Peterson's story just goes to show that in Texas there is talent in every part of the state, and the coaches with the patience and diligence to uncover these hidden gems will be highly rewarded in the end.

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