January 30, 2011

2012 OT talks UA visit

Since receiving early offers from Alabama and then Auburn last spring, Auburn High offensive tackle Caleb Peterson has continued to capture the attention of programs from around the SEC and ACC, picking up his latest offer this week from Duke. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Crimson Tide's junior day event and while it certainly wasn't his first trip to the Capstone, Peterson said he learned plenty of new things on the visit.

"I have been to Tuscaloosa a handful of times already," Peterson said. "I was there for camps, the A-Day Game last year and the Florida game last fall. I even went to one of the junior days last year. Something they let us do on this visit though was talk to some of the current players. They had kind of a panel session where we could ask them questions about anything, practice, the dorms, just life at Alabama. That was really informative for me."

"I also got a chance to spend some time with Coach Smart and Coach Stoutland as well as Coach Saban. They told me that just before they came by to see one of my practices recently, they had been watching some of my film from last summer's camp and from my junior season and the thing they noticed was that every time they saw me, I had gotten noticeably better. They think it's a really good sign that I keep improving because it means I learn from what I'm doing and continue to work hard."

"I really pride myself on working hard so it makes me feel good to know the Alabama coaches see that and value that. I may not be the tallest or most talented guy but I refuse to be outworked."

Peterson said that although he plays in close proximity to the plains of Auburn, his relationship with the Tigers is no different than any other school.

"A lot of people assume that I'm an Auburn fan but I've actually only lived here for about a year and half. I was born and raised in Georgia and to tell you the truth, I really just watched NFL football growing up. I didn't really get into the college game until I started getting recruited."

With other schools continue to talk with Peterson, the junior star said he's in no hurry to make a quick decision.

"I was talking to my dad on the way to Tuscaloosa and I realized I'm really no closer to making a decision now than I was when I first started getting offers. I just really haven't had much time to think about it all yet. I'm still planning to take a few visits this spring and summer and continue to talk to some of the other schools who are interested in me but haven't offered yet. I will probably plan on making a decision once my senior season is over."

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