"The sky's the limit for that kid," Hinds Defensive Ends Coach Johnny Williams told StateFans. "He's really turning it up to another level, and next year Greg's going to be highly recruited by a lot of schools."
Peterson matriculated to Hinds from Jacksonville, NC where last year he played at East Duplin and led the state in forced fumbles. Greg's High School coach, Brian Aldridge, feels that he has what it takes to play at any level.
"Greg's about 6-foot-5 and this past summer he was around 265 after he came back from Hinds and their summer workouts. He has great size and speed but didn't start playing football until he was in the 10th grade. One of the reasons he was underrated was because we knew he didn't have much of a chance to qualify out of high school, so most schools backed off."
How did a prospect from tiny East Duplin HS end up at Hinds? NC State Wide Receivers Coach "Doc" Holliday played a role in the process.
"NC State liked him a lot and knew about Greg because of Mario Williams, who played right down the road from here. Greg outplayed Mario on a couple of occasions and that really caught their eye."
"Coach Holliday mentioned that they had a great relationship with Hinds, and Greg should look at going there to get his academics in order. He decided to go to Hinds after checking them out, so you can say NC State placed him at Hinds."
Now that he's at Junior College, Peterson just needs to focus on academics and football... an area that he's been impressive in early on.
"He's starting on the opposite side of Chad [Green]," Coach Williams said. "In our first two games Greg has had 3 sacks and a couple of quarterback hurries. Chad's an explosive guy who's intense, but Greg lets the game flow to him and plays much more under control. Both have motors that never stop running and you need that as pass-rushers."
In two years, Peterson [and Green] should be ready to choose a Division-1 program. With the Wolfpack placing him at Hinds, do they hold an advantage? His former high school coach seems to think so.
"Last year I took Greg up to an NC State game and he really enjoyed himself. After that weekend I think he felt that's where he wanted to go and started to take things more serious."
"When he gets his grades in order at Hinds and is ready to make a decision, I like NC State's chances. Things change in two years, but if the interest is still mutual, then he could indeed end up returning to North Carolina and playing football at NC State."
Defensive End Greg Peterson