Peterson Pulls Bedlam Switch

In previous years in recruiting Oklahoma has enjoyed the kind of advantage in-state where they could come in late and pluck a commitment away from Oklahoma State.

One of the most well known in recent years was the eve of signing day switch of Norman's Ryan Broyles from Oklahoma State to OU. This season Oklahoma State turned a lot of table on Oklahoma beating the Sooners 44-10 and going on to the Big 12 and the Fiesta Bowl Championships and now they appear to have pulled a late recruiting switch.

The guess is OU won't let this go without more of a fight, but The Tulsa World Player of the Year in Oklahoma high school football, Wagoner's Kevin Peterson, who lead his team to the Class 4A State Championship with a sensational championship game effort versus Clinton, visited Oklahoma State this weekend and came home to discuss it and made the switch.

"I wanted to make sure I had everything right," Peterson said to Kelly Hines of The Tulsa World. "I talked to my parents (Monday night), and we decided it was time to go ahead and make the move."

Peterson can play cornerback, wide receiver, running back and contribute on special teams as a kickoff and punt returner. At Oklahoma State he is expected to play on defense. During his senior season, Peterson rushed for 1,621 yards and 25 touchdowns on just 141 carries. He also caught 12 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. On defense he had 42 tackles and three interceptions.

He also is a track star, capturing 5A state titles in the 100 (10.86 seconds) and 200 (22.21) in Class 4A last season.

"Coach Martinez from OU in particular did a great job of building a relationship with him, felt really comfortable with him," Wagoner coach Dale Condict said Monday night to The Tulsa World. "Then coach Venables came in and started building a relationship with him. When those two both left, I think his comfort level really started to waver."

Condict went on to The Tulsa World that the visit Peterson and his parents made to Stillwater this weekend went really well. Some of the other recruits and parents visiting this weekend said that Mr. Peterson was really impressed with the facilities and the OKlahoma State staff.

"They had a great weekend," Condict added. "I think Mom and Dad really liked it. He really connected with several of the players."

Peterson said telling OU was the toughest part, but that he was glad it was over and he is ready to move on. Peterson plays basketball and also is a very gifted track performer for Wagoner.

"I've put so much thought over the last couple months into this and to get everything done will be great to just relax and go through my senior year without any pressure," he said to The Tulsa World. "Going from OU to OSU, it's been really tough on my parents and me. We're glad to be done."

It is unknown whether Bob Stoops and the OU coaches expected to be in Wagoner on Tuesday for Peterson's basketball game will be there or will not.

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