MONTGOMERY, Ala. -With Larry Fedora having left Southern Miss to coach at North Carolina, several prospects committed to the Golden Eagles have been wavering.
Caleb Peterson isn't one of them.
"I'm still going," said the three-star Auburn (Ala.) offensive lineman, who is competing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Saturday. "No question. I know they're going to get somebody good."
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A few things are working in the Golden Eagles' favor, according to the 6-feet-5, 295-pounder. One is that he expects some of the coaches with whom he has grown close to still be apart of the Southern Miss staff moving forward. The other is that he has a significant tie to the program. His sibling, Taylor Peterson, is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman there.
"I love the rest of the staff and I feel like I have a good relationship with them because my brother is there," Peterson said. "Having my brother there is a big deal to me because I have a close family. I grew up with my brother. We did everything together. We even finish each other's sentences."
Peterson has been firm to Southern Miss since picking the Golden Eagles in August even though other schools, notably Stanford, continued to recruit him.
"I turned them down," Peterson said.
Peterson is playing offensive tackle for Team Alabama this week. And it seems there is a good chance he could be in that same spot once he gets to college.
"They're going to start me out at tackle and if I can't handle it then they'll move me to guard," Peterson said.