Torrea Peterson,a 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle from East Central High in San Antonio, Texas was relived and pleased to announce that he had made his final decision on wheree he would attend college.
"Thursday night I committed (to OU)," Peterson exclaimed!
"After talking to the coaches I had a real feel for the university and learning the traditions there, plus I will get a chance to play. I will get to play for a national championship. The big stage is cool and all but I am focused on academics and the University."
Peterson, who is currently rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, had a bevy of official scholarship offers to choose from, but surprisingly enough it was two other Big 12 South schools that were in his final three.
Peterson has not really taken any visits, but he plans to get to Norman real soon. "I have not visited the campuses yet," explained Peterson. "In a couple of weeks I will go up to Oklahoma."
Peterson has been trying to get his decision out of the way for a couple of weeks, and in the end the pros list for OU was just too deep.
Throwing in a healthy mix of family support for the Sooner program made his decision making process that much easier.
"For a week or two I have been trying to get my thoughts together on the schools," Peterson began. "I worked out the pros and cons and what would be best for me, I sat down with my family and decided for Oklahoma."
"My dad absolutely loves Oklahoma, he almost went there when he was getting recruited, he had a scholarship offer. They love what OU represents, the coaching staff, the players, the program, and the university."
Peterson is the second player from the San Antonio area to choose the Sooners for the class of 2010, joining Cibole Steele WR Sheldon McClain.
Last year OU signed quarterback Drew Allen out of the area.
In recent years the area had not been known as a football recruiting hotbed, but with the type of talent that it is now producing it's reputation is quickly changing.
Still the recruiting process caught the humble Peterson somewhat by surprise.
"Actually it kind of snuck up on me, I am just playing ball in high school trying to do well for my team," Peterson admitted. "My coach told me that these colleges are calling, and writing. My coach decided to put a highlight together and the rest (just) happened."
As a junior Peterson missed four games, but still racked up 18.5 tackles, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble while playing inside defensive tackle and employing a three-technique.
"Quickness, explosiveness and smarts are my attributes," Peterson said. " My best game was against Highlands, I was all over the field, I was getting tackles all over the field, and 20 yards downfield."
"We look to make a run at state next year, we are working hard and doing good."
Peterson is on track to qualify and scored a 1310 on the SAT.