Penn State quarterback commit Justin Fields is one of the most sought after signal-callers in the country. Last season, he led Kennesaw’s Harrison to a (10-2/6-1) record, passing for 2,248 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for over 900 yards. Those numbers combined with his overall size and athleticism led to nearly 40 FBS scholarship offers.
But who was on the other end of those passes? Rising senior receiver Steven Peterson is the go-to-guy for the Hoyas. Last fall he caught 72 passes for 1,133 yards and 13 touchdowns. That works out to 46% of Fields’ completions and 72% of his total touchdown passes. Peterson went over the 100-yard barrier in eight of the 12 games in 2016.
“In my 30 years as a high school coach, Steven is the best all-around receiver I have ever had,” Hoya Head Coach Matt Dickmann said. “He is an extremely intelligent player that runs tremendous routes. Steven can really go up and attack the ball, plus he is just so quick and elusive.”
At this point Peterson possesses zero offers, at any level. It’s amazing considering the production versus high end football teams in the Greater Atlanta area. One look at his film and coaches should see a guy that could excel out wide or in the slot.
Right now the schools showing the most interest are Appalachian State, Charlotte, Iowa State, TCU, Toledo and Tulane. Peterson has found time to make a couple unofficial visits stopping by Vanderbilt last month while hitting Charlotte at North Carolina last week.
“I just think maybe I started the process late,” Peterson said. My sophomore year wasn’t overly impressive but I really came on as a junior and expect even bigger things this fall.”
He hit the Orlando Nike Regional back in February with teammate Fields. At this time, the only other scheduled event is the Rivals.com Three Stripe Camp this Sunday.
“I guess the one knock college coaches may have is his speed, right now he is consistently running in the 4.6-range,” Dickmann said. “He is working with a trainer to improve that time, but one look at the film and you can see him continually get behind defenders. Right now I’m just a little baffled by the lack of offers for my 6-foot-2, 185-pound standout.”
Peterson is one busy baller, not only does he work out with a personal trainer almost every day he is the starting catcher on the Hoya baseball team. Then there is weightlifting with his teammates on the football team five days a week.
Somehow Peterson has found time to play on Cam Newton’s traveling 7-on-7 team, when not on the diamond. First they took the crown at the YPL Southern Showdown, where over 50 teams from around the southeast took part. Peterson led his travel squad to the Sam Madison 7-on-7 Championship while earning Overall MVP in the process.
“When I’m out on the football field I don’t take garbage from anyone,” Peterson said. “I’m a dog, and no one will stop me from dominating.”
Peterson is more than a competitive receiver with a chip on his shoulder. The ultimate student-athlete sports a 3.62 GPA with a 1,200 on the SAT. All his classes are honors or advance placement classes that will give him a leg up in college.
“He is an outstanding person and a lot of fun to coach,” Dickmann said. “Steven takes these classes in school that are straight out ridiculously hard. It’s hard to believe he is the guy I have to ask to take it easy in practice and save it for the game.
Right now, it is a wait-and-see game in the recruiting world. College coaches were allowed to start their annual spring evaluation period this Monday, but many are still busy with spring ball. Intelligent speedy receivers that are self-motivated while lacking fear always shine on gridiron’s biggest stages, so do not be shocked that when one offer comes in, several more follow. Click HERE to visit Peterson’s recruiting profile.
article submitted by site contributor Barry Every – follow him Twitter @BVEvery