November 30, 2009
Peterson Enjoys his First Look at Norman
Though he is one of Oklahoma's most tenured commitments San Antonio East Central's Torrea Peterson his trip to Norman this weekend was his first chance to see his future home. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle drove up to Norman with his mother this weekend and though it wash is first look at Norman, he admits it felt like home.
"It was actually what I had in my head, kind of a small college town. All the players were real friendly, it was real nice," Peterson said. "I was hosted by Gerald McCoy and Adrian Taylor, they were pretty much my same personality."
It was no surprise that Peterson was hosted by Oklahoma's pair of starting tackles, it also should come as no surprise that he quickly found a kinship with fellow visitor, and future Sooner tackle Daniel Noble.
"The other defensive tackle, Daniel Noble, I got to chill with him a little bit and Christian Jones, he isn't a commitment but we had a good time hanging with him," he explained.
"Daniel was quiet at first. Looking at pictures on Rivals I thought he was some loud guy but he didn't say much on the first day. But the second day he kind of loosened up and was talking more."
There is no doubt the Sooners could have picked few weekends more ready made for a first-time visitor than Bedlam. And it wasn't just the Sooners big win that caught the attention of Peterson but the entire atmosphere surrounding the big in-state rivalry.
"I wanted to suit up and play right then and there. The gameday atmosphere was just crazy, Oklahoma State, an in-state rival. The stadium was loud and packed," he said. "You could tell how much they care, even if I'm not from Oklahoma I could tell how much they cared."
Peterson, who says he is expecting an in-home visit from Jackie Shipp at some point in the next few weeks, had a lot of time to spend with his future position coach and says that between talks with Shipp as well as McCoy and Taylor he thinks he has a grasp on what to expect.
"I know (Shipp) is going to try and get me better," he said. "They gave me some good insight, they said 'bottom line is, he'll make you want to quit football because he is so hard of a coach but he is the best coach that I'll ever be around'. After it's over with, you'll respect him and love him."
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