PALESTINE, Texas — After announcing his oral commitment to Oklahoma on national television at the U.S. Army All-American game last month, Adrian Peterson sat quietly in the depths of a deserted, sweat-soaked Alamodome locker room.
And as the nation's top running back undressed pad-by-pad, he pondered aloud about his ever-bright football future in Norman.
"You know, I'd like to win the Heisman Trophy next year," said Peterson. "I'd probably have the numbers to do it, but they wouldn't give it to me."
On Wednesday, Peterson took the first step towards achieving that goal and solidifying his spot in Sooner football lore by inking a letter of intent with Oklahoma.
He then held a 10 a.m. press conference attended by some 100 people in the gymnasium of Palestine High School to confirm he is Norman-bound.
"It feels great to be a Sooner," said Peterson, just moments after his press conference. "It was the best place for me."
Yet in the days leading up to signing day, countless media outlets fueled intense speculation that Peterson had wavered on his commitment to Oklahoma. He said a majority of those reports were outright lies.
"A lot of the stuff that was said did not come out of my mouth," said Peterson. "They just took my words and twisted them around. Like I told Coach Wyatt (about the rumors), unless you hear it come out of mouth, you shouldn't believe it."
However, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder did admit that USC, not Texas or Texas A&M as reported elsewhere, crossed his mind on several occasions.
"I was sure about going to Oklahoma, but there was another school (USC) I liked too," said Peterson. "I just decided to stick with my first decision."
As he has maintained throughout his recruitment, Peterson said he ultimately chose Oklahoma, because of the school's proximity to Palestine and the Sooners' coaching staff.
"OU just fits me real well," said Peterson. "That where I'll develop the best as a football player."
With his future decided, Peterson said his focus is enjoying his last three months of high school, but admitted that he's already eyeing a crimson and cream uniform bearing #28.
"I'm gonna start as a freshman and we're going to win national championships" said Peterson. "This is just the first of many great things to come."
Peterson's sights set on Heisman, National Title
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