Peterson impressed by Vols

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Kevin Peterson made the short trip to Knoxville a week ago to take in the fourth session of the Tennessee Volunteers spring football practice.

Peterson , a rising-senior wide receiver at Marshall County (Tenn.) High School, came away impressed with head coach Derek Dooley's program and is excited to learn more about the Vols in the coming months.

"I enjoyed it," the 6-foot, 180-pounder said. "It was definitely exciting seeing all the coaches and meeting them. Seeing how cool it was being there on that campus."

As Tennessee is reviewing the mid-state prospect, Peterson took time on Saturday to do the same to the east Tennessee program. With a new football complex under construction and seven recently hired coaches, there is plenty to review of the Vols.

"We watched the video on the new complex," Peterson said. "I have never seen anything like it. It's a really unique program they are trying to build there."

Tennessee is looking at the receiver, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, to play either wide-out or running back in its offense. Jay Graham, recently hired running backs coach at Tennessee, is Peterson's lead recruiter but it was the wide receivers coach, and recently-named recruiting coordinator, that stuck out to the mid-state prospect.

"The coach that really got my attention was coach (Darin) Hinshaw," he said. "He was a real cool coach and I actually got to talk to him a lot up there."

As Peterson continues to look for his next football home, two factors in his decision that will help him to decide are closeness to home and prestige of the program. 

Peterson has proved to be a key offensive weapon for the Marshall County Tigers in his three seasons as a starter. The receiver helped lead them to their first winning record in three seasons at 9-4 and garnered first-team all-district honors.

Selected as a team captain for the 2012 season, the receiver has set his sights on awards such as all-state and Class AA Mr. Football.

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