Kevin Peterson commits to Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- Defensive back Kevin Peterson (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner) had heard about the prestige of Oklahoma. He just needed to see it for himself in person.

Once he did, it was only a matter of time as Peterson verbally committed to the Sooners on Sunday morning.

"Excited, I don't know what else to say right now," Peterson said. "I talked to my parents before the breakfast this morning to confirm everything, and I knew I was going to commit."

Peterson said Coach Bob Stoops was fired up about his commitment, shook his hand and started telling Peterson about what a bright future he has in front of him.

Peterson, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, had been on OU's radar for the last year, but the Sooners didn't pull the trigger with an offer until last Sunday.

He had offers from Iowa State, Arizona, Oregon State and Tulsa and was receiving calls from numerous schools since the season finished two weeks ago.

Peterson was one of many top recruits in Norman this weekend on an official visit, and he said getting to spend time with defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and Stoops sealed the deal for his commitment.

"Their passion for the game, you can tell how much they love what they're doing," Peterson said. "Coach Martinez was talking about the schemes and where I might fit in. It got me real excited."

Peterson finished his career in style, helping Wagoner win its first state championship. Not tested as much at defensive back, a position where he was easily the best in the state, Peterson was a force at running back in 2011. He rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the championship game and rushed for more than 1,600 yards this season.

But to his high school coach, Peterson's attitude that stands out most.

"You can't ask for a better kid," Wagoner coach Dale Condict said. "One of the most standup kids I've ever coached, a natural leader. In 18 years, never had a more college-ready prospect than Kevin."

Martinez watched Peterson practice in the spring and had been in constant contact with the Wagoner coaches throughout most of this season. Though the offer didn't come, at first, Peterson stayed patient throughout the process.

When defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Stoops were able to see some of Peterson's film this season, they let it be known immediately that they wanted to offer Peterson.

His No. 1 asset? Speed.

"I'd put him up against anybody in the state in terms of his speed," Condict said. "And he's one of those kids that never stops. He always wants to keep learning."

Peterson is the 17th verbal commitment for the 2012 class and is the second cornerback. De'Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) committed to the Sooners in the spring.

Peterson took an official visit to Tulsa last weekend but said the process is done now.

"I'm going to relax," Peterson said. "It is all over with. I couldn't ask for a better result to things."

Bob Przybylo covers football and basketball recruiting for SoonerNation. He can be reached at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

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