The first commitment of the biggest recruiting weekend in the history of Kentucky football has been made, and it’s (Ohio) Wayne two-way lineman Lovell Peterson. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Peterson, who is ranked ninth in the country among centers, took an official visit to Kentucky on Dec. 14.
UK reportedly recruited him as a defensive tackle:
I like D tackle more, because you know where you need to go, you just need to get there. It’s less thinking.
He’s been given a 3-star rating by ESPN, Scout, and Rivals.
Here’s his ESPN Scouting Report:
Peterson will line up at a few different positions in the trenches, but at the college level we feel he is best suited as an interior offensive lineman. He has game experience at center and that could very likely be his position at the next level as he shows flashes, but he will need more development and guard might be the fit for him at least initially. He has good size and looks put together and carries his weight well and his frame looks capable of additional body mass over time. Demonstrates good hip and ankle flexibility in his stance. Flashes the ability to come off the ball low and hard with good pad level and movement when drive blocking, but this an area that needs improvement. He can play top heavy and get overextended and needs to work to keep his feet moving and roll his hips on contact and keep his base under him. At his best when he can get an angle and displays good down block movement. Displays enough athleticism, balance and agility to reach and maintain leverage on offset defenders and flashes the ability to get a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders. He flashes some nastiness, but you would like to see him finish better with more consistency. As a pass blocker all areas of footwork and hand use will need refinement as he can again tend to lean and bend at the waist. Displays nimble enough feet to be able to mirror, but can cross his feet over. Lovell is a kid who looks the part, can be versatile, and shows flashes, but you also feel like he can get more from his ability and he needs to keep developing his game and become a more technically consistent player. Good prospect that needs to get better, but flashes potentially nice upside.
Peterson recently did an interview with scout.com in which he said he hadn’t paid any attention to the Wildcats during the previous coaching regime:
I had took a camp up there in the summer, and I just didn’t like how the program was ran. The chemistry with the coaches wasn’t there, and you have to have that.