February 18, 2012

California OL joins the 2012 Army recruiting class

You can now add Anthony Peterson out of Moorpark (Cali.) Moorpark High School to the class of 2012, as the 6-foot-4, 230 pound offensive tackle gave his pledge to the Army coaching staff.

"I didn't really pursue any other schools," says Peterson who made his official visit to the West Point campus the weekend of February 3rd. "I visited right after National Signing Day and Army offered me the week before signing day. I committed on signing day ... a week after I received the offer. I called coach Saadat and he was very excited."

Peterson, who was recruited by Black Knights' Co-defensive coordinator, Payam Saadat was hosted during his visit by freshman defensive end Derek Sanchez.

For the direct admit prospect, his recruitment started a month after my junior season and shared with GBK that the staff is projecting him as a an offensive tackle, although that is always subject to change under Head Coach Rich Ellerson.

Although Peterson always had his sights on West Point and playing for Army, he needed to take a deep breath before saying yes.

"It has been my desire for awhile to attend West Point," he adds. "I was thinking about the commitment afterwards, but after I got it all sorted out ... after I was okay with that, I was more than okay with West Point. "

At 6-foot-4, Peterson has the frame to add weight to his 230 pounds. "I want to add some weight, but it's probably useless to add just fat weight, so If I add fat weight and when I would get to basic training, I would lose it all anyway," explains the California native. "I want to add muscle, so I am hitting the gym a lot and getting bigger."

The other plus side for Peterson is that he will be joining his older brother, Tyler Peterson who plays on the Army sprint football. "My brother always seem like the kind of guy that would go to an academy and we've always been kind of close, so it's going to be cool going to college with him," shares Peterson. "Especially a school that has much appeal and camaraderie as West Point does."

Peterson's official visit proved to be the icing on the cake for the newest member of Army's recruiting class, who was probably more versed on the make-up of the academy than most recruits who visit the campus for the first time.

"I kind of knew more about it than the other recruits who were there on the visit that weekend because he's a plebe (freshman)," he says. "One thing that was cool was seeing all the facilities in depth and being able to meet the coaches and players on the team. The facilities are amazing .... it's great and I'm very excited about my decision."

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