The NC State defense has been under a period of transition since the arrival of head coach Tom O’Brien. One of the changes implemented has been for the staff to target cornerbacks who excel, not only in pass coverage, but run support as well. One prospect that certainly seems to fit the bill is cornerback Dale Peterman from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, OH.
On film, Peterman shows solid cover skills that is accentuated by his leaping ability, timing and athleticism. Equally impressive is the willingness to stick his 5-11, 175 pound frame in the action and take on ball-carriers one on one. Peterman knows how to lay a hit and doesn’t mind getting involved in helping shut down the opposing team’s run game.
As a junior Peterman tallied five touchdown receptions and four interceptions while playing double duty for Ursuline. He finished off the season with all-region and all-district honors. While his performance at wide receiver was impressive, Peterman expects to make his mark at cornerback once he gets to college.
“In college I’ll probably be playing defensive back,” he said. “I feel more comfortable on defense, more so than I do on offense. I just like playing defense better. I feel like my hitting is a strong point of my game and also my ability to go get the ball.”
Several schools seemingly agree as Peterman has landed early scholarship offers from the likes of South Carolina, Ohio, Western Michigan, Akron, Bowling Green and Wisconsin.
The rising senior almost put a quick end to his recruiting when he made an unofficial visit to Columbia to visit with the Gamecocks earlier this year. However, he ultimately decided to take a step back and continue to evaluate his recruiting options.
“When I went down (to South Carolina) there I liked everything and they were just talking to me asking where I wanted to be,” he said. But after talking to my coaches and my family I just decided that it would be better if I waited to make my decision.”
One school that Peterman is keeping an eye on is NC State. The Pack has shown steady interest and a trip to Raleigh for the Wolfpack’s camp looks like a solid possibility. That visit and a solid workout could go a long way towards landing Peterman an offer from the Pack. He talked about his interest in State.
“I know State is in the ACC and that’s a good conference,” he said. “I know that they can probably hold their own in the ACC. I like coach Horton. He sent me a couple of handwritten letters. I called him and he wanted me to come down to their camp. I’m planning to come because my mom is a flight attendant so I get to fly where I want for free.
“I’ve actually been playing as NC State on a video game since they’ve been recruiting me, so I like them and I’ve got a lot of interest in them.”
Peterman is planning to wait closer to signing day before making a college decision and for now, seems open to all suitors.
“My top school was South Carolina but after I got those other offers, I really don’t know so I don’t think I could list any favorites.”