Louisiana Athlete Discusses OU Interest

DeAngelo Peterson is a player who is being recruited on both sides of the ball at the next level, however he preference is to spend his collegiate days at the wide receiver position where he feels most comfortable. Currently two SEC programs are in the lead for Peterson's services, but the race isn't over yet.

The last time the Oklahoma Sooner coaching staff recruited an offensive player named Peterson it didn't turn out too bad and there just happens to be another sitting in Baton Rouge, La., however there is no relation unfortunately. DeAngelo Peterson himself is no slouch either though and the 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver plans to prove that at the next level no matter where he ends up.

"Right now most of my contact with Oklahoma has been through my head coach who handles the majority of my recruiting, so I haven't spoken to their staff personally yet, but I do plan to soon," Peterson explained. "The last time my coach spoke to them they said they were going to try and get in touch with me personally after he told them I was definitely interested, so I am just waiting to hear back from them so I can talk to the staff for the first time."

"Without having talked to the staff I can tell you that I definitely like Oklahoma's Head Coach (Bob Stoops) because you can see he wants to win," Peterson added. "He's an energetic guy and they always have a great offense and a great defense. They throw the ball a fair amount of the time and the fact that they have had wide receivers drafted to high over the past couple of years definitely plays a big part for me because it's my dream to play receiver in the NFL one day. It's not just receivers though, because I know Oklahoma has put plenty of players at other positions into the NFL lately like Adrian Peterson this year."

Peterson has been projected by different schools on either side of the ball and could ultimately end up at wide receiver, safety or linebacker at the collegiate level depending on where he plays and how his body develops, however he would prefer to and feels like he would be best at playing wide receiver.

"I do a good job of attacking the ball at it's highest point and I think my route running skills are really good because we spend a lot of time at my school with the coaching staff focusing on that," Peterson said. "I have good hands and pretty good speed as well, but I need to continue getting stronger. Most people around here say I remind them of Terrell Owens on the field and I like him, but I really like Randy Moss and how he attacks the ball in the air. When that ball comes near him he takes ownership of it and I play the same way."

Peterson has already visited Mississippi, Alabama and LSU and says that distance will not play a role in his decision at all. Other programs he named as his top teams were Florida, Oklahoma and Auburn and at this point the plan is to take official visits to five schools and then make a decision.

"Right now Ole Miss and Alabama are my favorites," Peterson stated. "I need to visit those other schools and see them though because it's not really fair to compare a school I haven't with one I have. Florida just offered me and they throw the ball a lot, so I want to visit there and I also like LSU, Oklahoma and Auburn. All that matters to me with a school is that they have good academics and a good football program."

As for the chances that Peterson will make the trip to Norman for an official visit….

"I'd say the chances of me taking an official visit to Oklahoma are pretty good right now," Peterson said. "They are a school I am definitely interested in and could see myself visiting this season."

As a junior at Desire Street Academy, Peterson had 43 receptions for 743 yards and six touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, he had 76 tackles, forced four fumbles and recovered two, both of which he returned for touchdowns. Peterson benches 285 pounds, squats 400 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

In the classroom he reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1260 SAT.

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