Joseph Peterson Excited for Opportunity

Joseph Peterson was the Panthers first commit from an out of state prospect back early in the summer of 2011. Panthersville.com got the opportunity to sit down with the linebacker and talk about his recruitment as well as what he hopes to bring to Georgia State.

Listed as one of the Top 60 players in Alabama, Joseph Peterson, a 6 foot and 210 pound prospect from Dothan, AL, committed to Georgia State all the way back in June. He was the first prospect to commit to the Panthers from outside the state of Georgia. We got the opportunity to sit down with Peterson and discuss what caused him to decide to pick Georgia State.

“I finally took my visit on Dec. 1st and it was a great visit,” Peterson said. “I felt right at home with the coaches and the staff was really nice. I just really like what Georgia State is building. And I really like the idea of playing right in the middle of Atlanta.”

At 210 pounds most would expect Peterson to play on the outside. However, most prospects do put on more weight once they start a college weight program and Joseph has said that the coaches have a different idea of where to play him.

Joseph Peterson

“I talked to my defensive coordinator and he wants me to play inside linebacker and have more freedom to move around more, “ commented Peterson. “I am a quick and smart defensive player and I have a lot of speed to play the linebacker position.”

“The coaches really expect me to come on right away and make a big impact as soon as I step on campus.”

With Michael Hall and Jake Muasau graduating the Panthers certainly could use a playmaker or two at the linebacker position. The coaches appear to have landed a solid athlete who certainly has the drive and the confidence to perform right away.

Peterson chose Georgia State over offers from Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.

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