Peterson's formula has allowed him to already reach his UNC arrival target weight of 310 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame – he played his senior football season for Auburn (Ala.) at 300 pounds. He has also noticed a "great deal of increase" in his conditioning, speed, and explosiveness.
Additionally, Peterson's preparation has dominated most of his weekly conversations with Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.
"We're just talking about things I can do to help get me ready," Peterson said.
Kapilovic hasn't discussed when he expects Peterson to see the field for UNC.
"I know they're recruiting me to make an impact," Peterson said. "Knowing Coach Kap, when I see the field is up to me – how I show up and what type of shape I show up in."
Peterson was recruited by UNC for offensive guard, but he's capable of playing tackle, his high school position, if needed.
Peterson has been assured his high school number, 70, for his UNC career.
"Actually, I started out hating that number," Peterson said. "It was just the number I wore at my first high school and I stuck with it ever since. That number gives me a really weird vibe. I don't like that it has a zero in it, really.
"The number that I really like is 73, but I've had 70 all these years so why change it now? No. 73 was Larry Allen's number, he played for the Dallas Cowboys. I'm just a Larry Allen fan, but I was raised in a Dallas Cowboys family – my dad is a huge Cowboys fan."
When Peterson enrolls at UNC in the second summer semester, he'll share a suite with fellow freshmen John Ferranto, Jon Heck, and Shakeel Rashad. Three of the four in the suite represent the future of UNC's offensive line.
"I think it's really important for an offensive line unit to develop a really good chemistry," Peterson said. "The more time you spend with people, you start to think alike – that's something that can be really helpful and beneficial with our offensive line. If you have a brother you're really close to, sometimes you don't have to say stuff, he just knows – that's what happens when you're always around the same people."
Peterson and his parents were in Chapel Hill a couple weekends ago for UNC's Spring Game. Having an older brother who is a red-shirt sophomore at Southern Miss, Peterson is quite familiar with the offensive system Larry Fedora has installed at UNC.
"I feel like our team isn't where they need to be yet," Peterson said. "But that's to be expected with the transition from a pro-style offense to a really high-powered spread offense. It takes a little while. You really need to know how to practice, which is really key. They've only had 3-4 weeks of practice. I believe, by the time the season starts, everybody will be where they need to be and we'll be ready to kick some butt."