Heating Up

West Covina, Calif., punter Kyle Petersen (6-4, 204, 4.7) slightly favors Southern California over California, Oregon State, UTEP (only offer), Washington State and Oregon.

"Punters aren't usually at the top of the offer list for schools," said Kyle Petersen, from South Hills High School in West Covina. "I'm thinking it will pick up toward the end of the season."

Petersen was recently selected as the punter for the West Squad for the Army All-America game. He also is the state record holder for the longest punt of 89 yards.

"I would love to go to USC. They are my top choice. It's close to home. They have a totally cool coach (Pete Carroll). I mean, why not be at the number one school in the nation? I go to their home games; I like the atmosphere there.

"Cal also has a great team. I went there on an unofficial visit, so I saw the school and liked the atmosphere. Coach (Pete) Alamar (special teams) has been in contact with me and we have really bonded. I can see myself going there.

"I will be taking an official visit to Oregon State, but I haven't set that up yet. I've been talking with Coach (Nigel) Burton (cornerbacks) -- he's my recruiting coordinator -- and he is just an awesome guy. I have been there unofficially and they have a beautiful school and stadium. I can also picture myself going there. Plus, one of my ex-teammates goes there -- Bryan Payton (cornerback) -- and he has had nothing but good things to say about the school," Petersen said.

"Oregon didn't show much interest in me in the beginning, but lately I have gotten lots of letters from them and they have called. So, I am interested in seeing how this relationship progresses."

An official visit is set for Nov. 4 with UTEP, and according to Petersen, "I possibly might make an official visit to Duke."

He reports 15 touchbacks and 43- and 44-yard field goals this season. South Hills (2-2) travels to Rowland (Rowland Heights) on Oct. 14.

3.6 GPA/October first-time SAT

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