Peterson Explains Switch From OU to OSU

NORMAN, Okla. — As the saying goes, one man's loss is another man's gain, and this time it's the Sooners' casualty that turns out to be in-state Bedlam rival Oklahoma State's gain.

Wagoner High School three-star cornerback has officially de-committed from the Sooners and given his verbal to the Cowboys.

"Yes sir, [it's true]," Peterson said to Sooners Illustrated.

The reasoning behind it?

Well, the obvious.

The shakeup in the Sooner coaching staff, plus a great impression put on during his weekend visit to Stillwater.

"Well Coach Martinez leaving, he was one of the main reasons I committed," Peterson said. "Building a relationship with him was really--he was a big part in why I decided. And then him leaving and also [Brent] Venables leaving. I know Mike Stoops came in. He was the first one to ever offer me, so that made the decision even harder, but I also had a really good relationship with OSU all along.

"And I took my visit down this weekend and kind of hung out with everybody and they let me in on academics. I just talked to my parents, sat down tonight and I just decided to de-commit and go with OSU."

He also cited something else a lot of Sooner commits do when they decide to don the Crimson and Cream: fitting in and feeling at home.

"It's just the family feeling I get from it and the atmosphere is great and then my parents really liked it," Peterson said. "They really hit it off well with the coaches and I talked to a bunch of the recruits as well as the players that are already there and they all told me that they really liked it and that everything was how they played it off to be."

That seemed to reassure him in his decision.

"So, that's always [good]," Peterson said. "Then, I really hadn't seen before going on trips and camps down there at OSU is the players and just interacting with them, it was really fun."

Peterson admitted he's always been kind of partial to the Orange and Black.

The Sooners just happened to offer him first, and he took to that offer in mid December.

But OSU came, then came the coaching changes, and he had to think it over, ultimately making the switch.

"Oh yes sir," Peterson said. "Well before either offer, it was a tossup between either of the two, but now that they had both offered, I had to get more serious about it and really take in opinions about where I'd be living at and if I liked the town and, of course, the school. So, that all played a factor after I got every offer."

Peterson becomes the first cornerback commit for Oklahoma State's 2012 class and second defensive back commit along with safety Ashton Lampkin.

The Sooners lose their second defensive back since the coaching shift began and now have just one current secondary commit, cornerback Kasseim Everett, because Derrick Woods is recruited to play on the other side of the ball.

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