The Carolina Trojans are in the AA playoffs and for good reason. The coaching staff has helped to change the mentality of the program and their players. Believing in their abilities to compete and win the Trojans have earned their spot in the playoffs. One of their top offensive weapons, senior wide receiver Timas Peterson, is one of the biggest reasons why they've had a successful season. We caught up with Peterson to talk about his senior year and thoughts about college and helping change the mindset of people when it comes to Carolina Trojan football.
Peterson came in as a track standout but he's emerged as a definite threat on the football field this year. The 5'11 1/2 160 pounder specializes in the 110 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, 200 meters, and is on the 4x100 meter relay.
"I've got personal records of 15 seconds in the 110 hurdles, 56.8 seconds in the 400 hurdles, 22.88 seconds in the 200, and we have run a 42.19 in the 4x100 relay."
That success and speed on the track has translated in a big way to the football field too.
"I've got 50+ receptions for 1200+ yards right now. I've got 16 touchdown receptions and I have also scored a touchdown each on punt and kickoff returns."
One game this season really stands out for Peterson as he lit up the stat book against one of the 1A powerhouses in the Upstate.
"The game against Christ Church was my best game. I had 11 receptions for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns. I tied the school record for most receptions in a game and I set the school record for most receiving yards in a game."
Given those video game like numbers he's enjoyed this season Peterson was quick to point out where he excels most.
"My biggest strengths are as a deep ball threat and my ability to run after the catch."
Peterson says he'll work on honing his blocking skills in order to improve if he's given a chance to play on the next level.
His senior season has already earned him a spot in this year's SCADA North-South All-Star game which will be held in Myrtle Beach. What's puzzling is that only one college has shown him interest thus far for his football talents.
"So far I've just heard from North Greenville. They are the only ones so far."
Peterson told us he is definitely hoping to hear from many more schools before National Signing Day. A strong showing in the North-South game will obviously help with more schools stepping up their interest.
Although only one schools is showing him interest in football he's got a pair of schools chasing him for track and field right now.
"Wofford and Wichita State are recruiting me for track."
"I'm going to look at what majors the schools have, the chances I will have to play, and what offers I have to choose from."
SCPrepNation.com will continue to track Peterson as he and the Trojans are still in the AA playoff hunt so keep it dialed in right here.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...TIMAS PETERSON
Bench press: 195 pounds
Squat: 365 pounds
Power clean: 210 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.50 seconds
Pro Shuttle: 4.21 seconds
Broad Jump: 9'3"
CAROLINA WR TIMAS PETERSON