#1 RB in Nation Likes UCLA

The #1 running back in the nation, <b>Adrian Peterson</b>, has received a wave of phone calls now once college coaches can call recruits as of September 1st. But the talented tailback from Texas says he's sticking with the same five schools he had before...

The nation's top running back has had his phone ringing off the hook since September 1st. But even with the influx of phone calls from college coaches who are now able to call him, he is standing strong on his top five.

"Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Miami and UCLA," said Adrian Peterson, 6-3, 205, Palestine (Texas) High. "That's still my top five."

Peterson had a whole host of schools calling him on Monday, but knows that one of the five schools on his list will be his eventual choice, and he's not adding any more. He said, "I don't really have a leader from those, but yeah, it's down to those five really."

The Aggies and Longhorns are the two local favorites, and living 2.5 hours from UT and just under 2 hours from College Station, he is midway between the two. But Oklahoma, a close neighbor to the north, is also on him, him, as well as Miami, and Peterson's recruiting is well spread nationally.

Throw in UCLA, and he has his top five sprinkled among the West, the Midwest and the South.

For the Bruins, running back coach Eric Bieniemy is the prime recruiter for Peterson. "I love coach B. He's real cool," Peterson said. "He talks about how he played the game, how he was a Heisman finalist, played in the NFL. There's something about UCLA that I just like. It's a good school, in California, and I am definitely going to check them out," said Peterson. "It doesn't matter to me to stay in-state or leave."

At this time, Peterson was hoping to visit UCLA the last weekend in October, which would be the weekend UCLA hosts Arizona State in a nationally televised game on the Fox network..

Peterson got his senior season started this past weekend and had impressive numbers. "I did alright. It was ok. I had 220 yards, 4 TDs. But that's it. I want to return kicks, play defense, but my coaches only want me playing running back," said Peterson.


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