Friday, January 11, 2013
SEC football and track for Ohio lineman
By Jared Shanker
Three-star Lovell Peterson (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) was looking for a place he could play football and compete in track. He found that opportunity in the SEC.
The two-way lineman committed to Kentucky on Friday, Peterson said.
"It was just the better fit for me," said Peterson, who was planning a Western Kentucky official visit next weekend. "Not too far away from home and can do track and football at a high level."
Peterson picked up an offer from Kentucky shortly after Mark Stoops was hired as coach, and he officially visited nearby Kentucky the weekend of Dec. 14. Four-star Jaleel Hytchye from Cincinnati committed last weekend, and three-star prospects Kyle Meadows, Antoine Miles and Aregeros Turner are visiting this weekend.
Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia also offered.
The commitment comes as a bit of surprise, as Kentucky was hosting several Ohio visitors this weekend, but Peterson was not one of them. Stoops is placing an emphasis on recruiting Ohio, which could be a key to turning Kentucky around.
The No. 9 center nationally, Peterson said he is unsure what position he will play in Lexington. He could also play defensive tackle.
Peterson competes in the discus and hammer throw in track and field.