Recruiting: Petersen Viewed As LB Prospect

The question is not what position can Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall), Okla. athlete Turner Petersen play? The question is what position can't he play? The 6-1 1/2, 200-pound Petersen is watching his recruitment pick up steam as he stands out on both sides of the football each week for the unbeaten Chargers.

Oklahoma State defenseive coordinator Tim Beckman checked out Petersen on tape last weekend and liked what he saw, and also liked some younger Chargers players like freshmen in linebacker Marc Robinson and running back/safety Barry Sanders Jr.

Petersen, being the senior, would be the first target. "Coach Beckman invited me up this Saturday (to the Troy game) so I could see the team play and meet the other coaches," said Petersen, who has more recently heard from Northwestern and Utah as both schools want video sent to them.

"I'm really looking forward to going up there. I've talked to Coach Beckman and I've talked to Coach (Zac) Spavital at Houston. Tulsa made an official scholarship offer."

So far this season Petersen has played quarterback, wide receiver, and safety on defense. He also punts for the Chargers. He has rushed for 381 yards and six touchdowns on 53 carries and averages 7.2 yards per carry. He has completed 13 of 25 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Speaking of interceptions, he has two playing on defense to go with his 18 tackles. Heritage Hall is unbeaten and has taken care of Casady, Weatherford, and Davis in going 3-0.

"Oklahoma State is talking about me playing linebacker," said Petersen. "Houston is talking about a lot of positions like wide receiver, slot receiver, quarterback, or even linebacker. Tulsa is talking safety or linebacker, like Rice."

Petersen knows what he wants. "I've been wanting to play college football since I was a sophomore. I've been set on it," he said. "I was born and spent a lot of years growing up on the East Coast and I was a fan of UVA (Virginia) and then when we moved here I became a fan of Oklahoma State.

"I'd like to major in business and I'd like to play in the Big 12 if I can."

That will likely happen as Texas Tech is also showing interest and Petersen is only going to draw more attention as the season goes on. He is a fun player to watch on both sides of the football.

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