April 10, 2011

Peterson takes in practice

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Last Thursday's spring practice at Ohio State had some big time in-state prospects in attendance and perhaps none bigger than class of 2013 offensive lineman Lovell Peterson. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Huber Heights Wayne High School played a game at Ohio Stadium in the fall but got his first up close and personal look at the facilities and came away impressed by the overall atmosphere of the practice.

"It was nice," explained Peterson. "It seemed like everything moved fast. They kept everything organized. I think today was the first day in pads, they weren't really hitting that much, they were just wrapping up and stuff."

The step up in speed and the size of the players as compared to the high school level was expected by Peterson but coming from a big time program like Wayne, the overall practice structure was similar.

"It wasn't that much different (from high school practice)," he said. "They had five minute periods where everybody was doing something different; different drills and stuff like that."

Peterson is tracking as one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest for the 2013 class and he made sure to take a close look at the Buckeyes' linemen to try and get a feel for how he stacks up at this early stage.

"Overall they looked a little bigger right now than I am," he said. "Height wise they weren't that much bigger, especially with me being a center, but they were really thick."

Peterson was also an interested observer of freshman quarterback Braxton Miller. The two have been friends for years and Peterson was excited to watch his former teammate in action.

"I was watching Braxton and just seeing what he was doing," Peterson said. "He looked real good. I saw him with the other quarterbacks and he looked bigger and stronger than most of them but standing next to Terrelle Pryor he looked small."

Peterson may not be finished taking visits this spring; there are a few schools that he's hoping to make some time to check out.

"I'll probably try to go to Michigan and Michigan State," he explained. "I'd like to visit West Virginia and Alabama, too."


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