Commitment Spotlight Lovell Peterson

Commitment Spotlight Lovell Peterson

Kentucky received a verbal pledge from Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne two-way lineman Lovell Peterson on Thursday night. FOXSportsNEXT.com Ohio recruiting analyst Dave Berk spotlights Peterson in this breakdown.

We take a quick look at the newest member of Kentucky's recruiting class as two-way lineman Lovell Peterson gave the Wildcats his verbal pledge.

Lovell Peterson

Hometown: Huber Heights, Ohio

High School: Wayne

HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 270-pounds

High School Position Offense: Offensive Line

High School Position Defense: Defensive Tackle

Projected College Position Offense: Center / Guard

Projected College Position Defense: Defensive Tackle

Scout.com Ranking:  Center No. 6 overall at position

OFFERS: Kentucky (Pledge), Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Western Kentucky

WHAT TO LIKE

Peterson earned a starting spot at the start of his freshman season at one of the top prep programs in Southwest Ohio.  During his career he’s started at all five line positions along the offensive line as well as this past season at defensive tackle.

Offense: If the Wildcats look to use Peterson at center he gives them a player who is a natural bender and one that can get and maintain leverage, control and balance throughout the block.  What sets Peterson apart is his ability to move laterally and reach the second level. 

As a pass blocker Peterson is quick to set up and does a great job using his hands to gain separation from a defender.  He also shows above average hand pop and the ability to sit down and anchor his position.

Defense: Peterson’s initial quickness off the ball sets him apart from most players.  His lateral speed and quickness allows for him to play parallel to the line of scrimmage and his overall quickness allows for him to close and finish while in pursuit.  At the high school level Peterson could line up overtop an offensive lineman and win the majority of battles one-on-one.  However, we feel his ability to use a quick burst while lining up on an outside shoulder gives him the ability to make more plays.

WHAT IS A CONCERN

Peterson still has work to do in the classroom but according to his high school coach looks to be on track to be a full qualifier.  Track is also a passion for the Ohio native and his desire to participate in both sports at UK will be tested early.  Some could be concerned about the lack of offers next to Peterson’s name.  However, questions about academics and his physical health during his junior year (lost a lot of weight) along with his true interest in giving up football for track slowed down some college coaches.

OVERALL

Peterson is a high level recruit who early in his career was projected to be a highly desired prospect.  The concerns listed above slowed his recruiting when it came to offers but not the interest shown by programs who continued to check on him with each visit.

All the tools are there for Peterson to play at a high level if his mindset is 100-percent on being a top level football player.  If the Wildcats coaching staff can channel Peterson’s talent, Wildcat fans will be getting one of Ohio’s top prospects and a player capable of playing at a high level.

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