July 11, 2011

Peterson has a top two

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One of the top prospects in Ohio for the 2013 class is Huber Heights Wayne offensive lineman Lovell Peterson. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound center is the fourth ranked prospect in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 rankings and holds an early verbal offer from Illinois. Peterson has been pretty quiet over the summer, making just one camp stop so far.

"I haven't really done any visits (recently)," Peterson explained. "I went to the (Cincinnati) camp earlier and I'm about to go to the Alabama camp on July 18th I think."

Though Peterson hasn't camped much this summer, he did get out on some unofficial visits during the spring, including a couple of trips to Ohio State. Early on, two schools sit atop Peterson's list and the Buckeyes are one of them.

"Alabama and Ohio State are my top two schools," he said.

For Peterson, Alabama and Ohio State share two very important criteria in his decision making process. The fact that both programs have a winning tradition, and both have individuals already on the team that Peterson considers family has clearly grabbed Peterson's attention.

"With Alabama, it's just like Ohio State how they are always at the top of their league," Peterson said. "My brother (Trey Depriest) seems to love it up there, too. (On Ohio State) it's the same as Alabama, they're always winning in their conference and if I was to go there I would have Braxton (Miller) there to take care of me. (Depriest and Miller) are both Springfield (Ohio) guys just like me."

After moving around at various positions on the line as a freshman and early into his sophomore year, Peterson has now settled in at his natural position of center.

"It's going good," he said. "I've played center all my life and they moved me to left tackle when I first got here but I'm back at center now and things are going good there."

Wayne High School is a perennial Region 4 contender and this year should be no different. Peterson just wants to keep the winning tradition alive.

"Hopefully to come out and just start winning," he said. "We've got veteran receivers, we've got a few starting linemen coming back and hopefully our quarterback (Javon Harrison) can recover from his injury (sustained last season)."


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