RECRUITING: Top Texas running back lists OU

Palestine, Texas running back Adrian Peterson lists his top six and talks about Oklahoma


Peterson is a franchise running back who could very well the best in the country. Most feel Peterson is the best running back in Texas and that in itself says a lot when you consider how many great running backs come out of Texas every year.

Peterson started as a true freshman at Palestine Westwood High, before transferring to Palestine High his sophomore season. Going into this season, Peterson will be a three-year starter after rushing for 2,058 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Peterson had to sit out his sophomore year because of the Texas transfer rule.

"It was hard to sit out my sophomore year because I like playing football and I missed playing," said Peterson. "It was just something that I had to do and I felt I needed to go ahead and do it. Things have turned out well for me, especially when you consider that some people feel that I am the number one running back in Texas or the country. That is something that I dreamed about as a kid, but now I try not to think about that. Again, things have paid off for me and if I keep working hard I think I can accomplish good things."

Peterson says he feels he runs a little like Eddie George, but admits he is trying to make his own name for himself.

"I like to run people over and I like to hit up inside and make some contact," said Peterson. "I would prefer to run inside over outside. I don't think it matters what offense I am running out of, but I do like to have a fullback back there with me."

Peterson can bench 285 pounds, squats 480 and he posted a 37-inch vertical jump at the Texas A&M camp. Peterson starts in hoops (10 ppg), and in track runs the 100M (10.32), 200M (21.5) and anchors the 4X100 relay.

Peterson says he is not going to any camps this summer because he wants to take summer school to make sure things are going to work out for him academically. Peterson has been offered by 12 schools thus far with two more coming today from UCLA and Arkansas.

"I like a lot of schools right now and I am trying to keep an open mind," said Peterson. "I like Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Miami, LSU and UCLA. I know somebody that plays (Lynn McGruder) at OU and we are very good friends. Lynn was my next door neighbor. Lynn told me to take my visits, but that I couldn't go wrong with OU. I don't have a favorite right now and I think I am going to take my five visits."

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