The recruiting process has been trying at times for Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive tackle Lovell Peterson, with teams offering then backing away from those offers. On Thursday, though, Peterson received a promising opportunity from an SEC program.
"Kentucky just came in today and offered me, so I am taking my official tomorrow," Peterson reported. "Coach [Vince] Marrow was at Nebraska and he was going to [offer] me, but as soon as he got to Kentucky he offered me there. He said he saw my film a year ago and he liked me as soon as he saw my film."
The previous coaching staff at Kentucky also showed interest in Peterson and he made a camp stop in Lexington over the summer. Peterson is looking to expand his familiarity with the campus and program this weekend.
"I just went to the camp, so I didn't get to see the whole thing," Peterson said. "That is basically what I am going for tomorrow - to see the campus and talk to a couple players. Hopefully not all of them have left already for Christmas break."
Interest from other schools has picked up since the end of Peterson's junior season, and several coaches have been by the school in recent weeks.
"Michigan State stopped by last week or the week before," Peterson said. "I talked to Coach [Harlon] Barnett. Basically, he is waiting to see how my first semester ends up and how my grades are.
"Everyone keeps talking about my grades. Right now I am on track to qualify, so everything is looking good."
Eastern Michigan has also come through Wayne High in recent weeks and shown interest. Peterson is talking to Grand Valley State for track and will be taking an official visit there the first weekend in January. He qualified for the junior nationals in the shot put and hammer throw as a junior and would like to do track no matter what school he attends.
Peterson's immediate focus, though, will be on this weekend's official visit to Kentucky. Although his interest in the Wildcats has been piqued, a decision is still likely some weeks off.
"My uncle is taking me up there and I want my mother to have a chance to see a school before I make a commitment," Peterson said.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Peterson played both offensive line and defensive tackle throughout his prep career, but most teams have targeted him for defense in college. He is rated three-stars and ranked as the No. 36 defensive tackle prospect in the country.