Originally, Peterson, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Auburn (Ala.), verbally committed to Southern Miss, under Larry Fedora. Shortly after Fedora and most of his staff left for UNC, Peterson scheduled an official visit. A couple of days after returning home from the visit, he switched his commitment to the UNC.
"It's all part of God's plan really," Peterson said. "I had offers from all the SEC schools pretty much and a lot of west coast schools. The reason I chose Southern Miss was because that's where God wanted me to be – he wanted me to meet these coaches. And when they went to North Carolina, I followed."
Peterson has a strong bond in particular with Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.
"Coach Kap' and I got to know each other over a period of three years, because they recruited my brother first to Southern Miss and then he recruited me for two years on top of that," Peterson said. "He's a really great guy and he knows his stuff. He has a great sense of humor – he has some really good comebacks and gets them fast, too. He's just a good guy. I really enjoy his company and he's the type of coach that I want."
The coaching staff wasn't the only reason Peterson flipped to UNC.
"It was still in the south, which was a big deal to me, because I was born in South Georgia and I've never even been north – so that was big to me," Peterson said. "They have a lot of guys in the pros. They had the most players drafted last year. It's good for getting to the pros.
"The facilities are very nice, it has great tradition, and that part of the country is very beautiful."
Peterson played offensive tackle at Auburn High, but is being projected to play guard by the UNC coaching staff.
Peterson says he's qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse.