Four-star lineman Lovell Peterson of Huber Heights (ohio) Wayne has been considered among the top prospects in the state of Ohio since early in the class, but his offer list is still pretty scant. His focus is proving himself on the field this fall and in the classroom during his senior year.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Peterson holds offers from West Virginia and Ohio, but has an idea why other teams are waiting to pull the trigger on their offers.
"I have to take the ACT again and wait on the scores to get back," Peterson said. "It's that and the fact that I was sick most of last year, so that didn't help me at all."
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Peterson did attend camps at Kentucky and Ohio State this summer, and has heard from other schools in recent months.
"Vanderbilt has hit me up recently," Peterson said. "They asked me if I would be willing to go there, so I think they are interested in me."
West Virginia coaches stayed in contact with Peterson during the summer months and he is still looking to get a visit in to Morgantown.
"I tried to go up there, but the timing has just been off with my football team," he said. "I wouldn't mind going on an official visit there. I know I have to go through the Clearinghouse first, and I haven't done that yet."
Another aspect that may help Peterson's recruitment is his focus on the defensive side of the football this fall after playing primarily on offense the last couple seasons.
"Right now I am full-time defense," Peterson said. "As of right now I am not playing any offense, but I think as the season goes on they might move me back over and play me both ways. I think I feel more comfortable at defense, but it all depends on where the colleges want me yet."