October 2, 2011

Peterson makes another trip to Columbus

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As one of Ohio's top junior prospects, Lovell Peterson has been getting more than his fair share of interest from some of the nation's premier programs. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound two-way lineman from Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne has been a regular at Ohio State over the last six months, taking numerous unofficial visits to Columbus. Peterson was once again on campus Saturday as the Buckeyes fell, 10-7, to Michigan State.

"It wa a nice game," said Peterson. "I wish (Ohio State) would have won. I was just watching Braxton (Miller) and hoping he was going to do good."

Peterson is a childhood friend of Miller's and was able to quickly catch up with the Ohio State signal caller after his tough game on Saturday.

"I talked to him after the game," he said. "He was just talking about school and colleges and to keep my head in the books to get ready for college."

"(The atmosphere) was nice," he explained. "I came up there a few weeks ago for the Toledo game and it's just a nice stadium and a nice atmosphere. Everybody is always hyped for the game."

Peterson has maintained a top two of Ohio State and Alabama for a few months now. Peterson hasn't had a chance to see Alabama's campus up close yet, but that should be changing in the not too distant future.

"I'm going to the Alabama game the first week of November," he said. "I'm just trying to go down there and see what it's like. I've never really been down South like that so I'm just tryinig to see what the atmosphere down there is like."

On the field, Peterson's role has increased greatly this year as he now plays some defensive tackle along with being a starter on the offensive line. Defensive tackle may very well be Peterson's more natural position and despite not playing on that side of the football since eighth grade, the learning curve hasn't been very steep.

"(The adjustment) has been really easy," he said. "(Defensive tackle) just comes natural to me so there's nothing really different about playing defense now than there was when I was younger."

Wayne has bounced back from a tough start against a brutal schedule to even its record up at 3-3. Wayne struggled early last season as well before turning things up down the stretch and eventually making a run to the state championship game.

"We just need to do the same things we did last year," Peterson said. "We need to come together as a team and I believe we can do it."


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