RECRUITING: Bedlam battle for Tulsa DE?

Tulsa Union defensive end Nathan Peterson has ties to both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State

Peterson is the best defensive end in the state of Oklahoma and is regarded as one of the top defensive ends in the country. This season Peterson will become a three-year starter at defending 6A state champion Tulsa Union.

"I definitely feel I have improved a great deal at Tulsa Union," said Peterson. "I started out as a linebacker and moved to defensive end going into my junior year. I went to some camps (OSU) that summer and became very comfortable with the thought of playing defensive end."

Last season Peterson made 121 tackles, 15 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Peterson can bench 315 pounds, squats 460 and last year he posted a 29-inch vertical jump.

Peterson has already been offered by Akron, Colorado State, OU, OSU, Arkansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Tulsa, but he isn't close to making a decision.

"I think recruiting is going to be stressful," said Peterson. "I like OSU, OU, Colorado State, Kansas State, Arkansas and Nebraska. I really don't have a favorite right now."

Peterson's parents went to OSU, but Peterson said his dad is actually an OU fan.

"My dad only went to OSU for two years, but he is actually more of an OU fan right now. My mom is an OSU fan, but she is not really pushing me in any direction. I grew up rooting for both OU and OSU. I really didn't have a favorite and just enjoyed watching football."

So what are his thoughts on the Sooners.

"I like the Oklahoma program and especially their strength program," said Peterson. "I think one of the best things about OU is their strength program and their facilities. At OSU, I like their coaches and they have a real nice weight room. I love Stillwater and I love the town. I just like the atmosphere of Stillwater a great deal. I have grown up more with OSU because I have gone to games there many times. I have only been to one OU game, but I think they can make you a better athlete than OSU can. I would say that things are pretty even between the two schools."

Peterson plans to camp at Colorado State this summer, where his step-brother Blake is currently on scholarship.

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