Wayne’s Peterson eyes state track meet, Ohio State football offer

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Wayne OL Lovell Peterson

Known more for his prowess on the football field, Lovell Peterson
of Huber Heights Wayne heads into the Dayton regional track and
field meet with a great deal of momentum on his side after recording
strong performances in the discus at both the GWOC and district meets.


Known more for his prowess on the football field, Lovell Peterson
of Huber Heights Wayne heads into the Dayton regional track and
field meet with a great deal of momentum on his side after recording
strong performances in the discus at both the GWOC and district meets.

“It’s
going pretty good,” Peterson said. “I threw 181-02 at districts (182-00
at GWOC) and I’m trying to go high 190’s. I feel like I can go farther.
I’m just waiting to pop another one. I’m having really good practices
and I’m just trying to transfer that to a meet.”

Peterson’s not only aiming far in the discus but he’s aiming high as well as he goes into the regional meet.

“I want to beat Mack Tudor’s state record that he holds now at
206 (206-04 set on Apr. 26, 2012),” Peterson said. “I want the state
record.”

So he’s put all of his proverbial eggs into the discus basket.

“I decided to focus on discus,” Peterson said. “That’s it. That’s all I’m doing.”

But the 6-foot-3 center prospect will sneak in a football camp
performance before the state meet in Columbus, if he indeed makes it
there.

“I’m just waiting for all of the camps to start,” Peterson said.
“I know that the first camp that I’m going to is the Kentucky camp on
the 27th. So I’m just waiting for the summer to start for me to get
started up again.”

Currently Peterson has received scholarship offers from Ohio,
Illinois and West Virginia and he’s hoping to land many more over the
summer.

“I know in the past I haven’t been to many camps, barely any at
all,” Peterson said. “So I think, this year, once I get out to the camps
I think I’ll get a lot more offers.”

And it probably didn’t help Peterson much, in that regard, that he was sick near the end of his junior campaign.

“I didn’t finish up my junior year well,” he said. “I got sick
with walking pneumonia the last five weeks of the year so I had lost 50
pounds, I finished the season at 235. So I think they’re all waiting to
see what I can do after all the weight that I lost.”

He’s gained most of the weight back and he certainly feels much healthier now.

“I’m stronger than I was and I feel fantastic,” Peterson said. “I’m sitting at 275 right now.”

In addition to playing center again for the Warriors, Peterson will also line up at defensive tackle this season.

“At the beginning of the season last year, before I got sick and
hurt, I was playing a lot of defense. I was playing both ways,” Peterson
said. “But this year I’m trying to focus mainly on defense actually.”

At the state championship game against St. Edward back in 2010,
Peterson was Braxton Miller’s center when the Eagles defeated the Wayne
Warriors.

“Me and Braxton, we go all the way back to our Springfield days,”
Peterson said. “I grew up playing football with him so we’ve been
friends for a long time.”

The two former teammates still talk on occasion.

“He doesn’t really say much,” Peterson said. “We talk every once
in a while when he comes down. He just tells me to keep up the hard work
and do what I got to do and everything will be fine.”

Ohio State is one of the schools that seems to still be interested in Peterson.

“I’ve been talking to Tim Hinton. He actually showed up to our
GWOC meet,” Peterson said. “So I plan on going up there on the 10th
(June 10 camp) and showing out and I think they will offer if I do good
enough.”

Admittedly Peterson considers himself a big Buckeye fan and would love to get an offer from Ohio State.

“It’s kind of like just that home feeling. I feel like that’s the
place I’d be most comfortable at,” Peterson said. “So I just want to
get up there for their camp and I just want to show out to get an offer
so it’s a little bit more pressure off my back.”

He certainly has time on his side to figure his future out whether Peterson gets an offer from OSU this summer or not.

“I don’t plan on committing anywhere until I’ve taken my official
visits to all of the colleges that I want to see,” Peterson said. “Ohio
State will probably be one of them.”

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