Wagoner's Kevin Peterson commits to OU
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Sunday, December 18, 2011
12/18/11 at 1:37 PM
Wagoner cornerback Kevin Peterson has verbally committed to Oklahoma, he confirmed to the Tulsa World on Sunday.
During his visit to Norman this weekend, Peterson met with coach Bob Stoops and committed Sunday morning after discussing it with his parents.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” Peterson said. “It’s kind of like a big burden off my chest.”
A finalist for the Tulsa World’s Metro Football Player of the Year and winner of KTUL’s Ford Award, Peterson received the offer from Stoops after leading the Bulldogs to their first state championship two weeks ago.
Asked why he chose the Sooners, Peterson said: “I like the players I’ll be there with when I get there on campus for my first year.
“Coach (Willie) Martinez, my secondary coach, I like him a lot. He’s the main reason.”
Defensively, Peterson’s contributions this season led to six shutouts, including 23-0 in the Class 4A title game against Clinton.
At running back, he averaged 11.8 yards per carry while rushing for nearly 1,400 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also played at punt and kick returner and Wildcat quarterback.
At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Peterson is a state track champion, having won the 100 and 200 in the spring.
Peterson turned down offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Oregon State and Tulsa. Scouts.com lists him as a three-star prospect and ranked 81st nationally at cornerback.
The commitment is the Sooners’ 17th for the Class of 2012. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Recruits may sign national letters of intent in February.
Kevin Peterson breaks a tackle on an 86-yard touchdown run for Wagoner in the Class 4A championship game at Boone Pickens Stadium on Dec. 2. JEFF LAUTENBERGER/Tulsa World