Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New 2008 Commitment - DeAngelo Peterson

Rumors have abounded lately about LSU picking up new 2008 commitments. There have variously been rumors that LSU got a commitment from Kye Staley, a 4-star athlete from Oklahoma; Dallas Thomas, a 3-star offensive tackle from Baton Rouge; and Chris Martin, a 3-star defensive lineman from Florida.

I woke up this morning, however, to find that the first person to make it all semi-official (keeping in mind that it's never official or binding until National Signing Day) is sleeper wide receiver DeAngelo Peterson, 6'3" 195#, low 3-star, no reported 40-time, 34-inch vertical out of Desire Street Academy in Baton Rouge. Despite his rather low rating by the recruiting services, he had an impressive list of offers, including offers from most of the Western Division of the SEC.

I assure you that with his list of offers, and his commitment to LSU, his rating will go up at the next re-evaluation. We've talked about this before. This is especially true in the case of Peterson, who has gotten a committable offer despite the fact that the wide receiver position is very strong in-state in 2008, and despite the presence of very highly rated out of state receivers like Julio Jones and DeAndre Brown. Brown, in particular, is considered to be a very strong lean to LSU, as is in-state high-4-star Chris Tolliver.

Perhaps this signals that LSU has no confidence in landing Julio Jones, who is simply the most heralded offensive playmaker out of Alabama since Brodie Croyle, and is part of the Mobile pipeline that Nick Saban is trying to shut down. But perhaps it doesn't signal that at all. Perhaps it just means that they really like Peterson, who has been slowly gathering up a little more attention from the people who follow recruiting, and reportedly earned his offer by excelling at a camp, which is another thing we've talked about. He has the size for a wide receiver, but we don't know much about his athleticism yet. I'm sure Miles does though.

Update: Peterson has re-opened his recruitment. See this post for details.

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