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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Recruiting picking up for 3-star C Peterson

By Sam Khan Jr.

HOUSTON -- Recruiting hasn't been as busy as Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne center Lovell Peterson would have hoped to this point.

But the three-star center is about to see that change.

Peterson, who participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Sunday, got some good news over the holiday break. He received his ACT score and will qualify academically, meaning schools no longer have to proceed with caution in regards to his status.



"The problem was with me getting academically eligible," Peterson said. "My ACT score just came in on the 26th. I got [the score that] I needed, so I'm eligible. So hopefully that will open up a little bit more opportunity."

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Peterson, who is ranked ninth in the country among centers, took an official visit to Kentucky on Dec. 14 and liked what he saw.

"I liked it a lot up there and I'm going to have my mom go up there and see it," he said. "We talked about D-tackle there, hopefully some track. I talked to the track coach."

Peterson is a two-sport star who participates in the shot put, discus and hammer throw during outdoor track season and the weight throw during indoor track. He qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in the discus and hammer throw last summer, but wasn't able to attend because of football obligations. Still, he plans to do both sports at the next level.

"I want to do both," Peterson said. "Track's a passion for me just like football is."

In addition to Kentucky, Peterson holds offers from Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia. He also has interest from Western Kentucky, where he is taking an official visit on Jan. 18. He also has an official visit set up to Division-II Grand Valley State.

Peterson said Kenutcky is recruiting him as a defensive tackle. He knows he has to learn a lot on that side of the football.

"I need to work on things, especially since this is my first year playing defensive tackle," he said. "I played offensive line all three years [on varsity]. I know I still have to learn a lot of things, so I'm still playing the catch up game."