Peterson, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Auburn (Ala.), had been verbally committed to Southern Miss, but decided to explore his options, starting with an official visit to UNC this past weekend.
"It was a combination of things," Steve Peterson said. "The coaching staff, of course, has won us over and they're like family to us. We've been around them for the last three years now, because they also recruited my other son, Taylor.
"The education that Caleb is going to get at North Carolina [played a role] and we feel like they are the best opportunity for Caleb to win. We're really excited about what Fedora is bringing to North Carolina. We've seen him work at Southern Miss and we totally believe in his program and what he's bringing to North Carolina. We think that he's going to win there – we really believe that. We feel like they'll soon be ACC conference champions."
Peterson was considering official visits to Mississippi, Southern Miss, and Tennessee. However, his father says his son is finished taking official visits.
When he committed to Southern Miss, Peterson had collected many high profile scholarship offers, including in-state schools Alabama and Auburn.