Caleb Peterson profile
It is no secret that Peterson is one of the most sought after offensive linemen in the southeast. The 6'5 offensive lineman was being recruited heavily by Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Arkansas to name a few, but it was Southern Miss where he always felt most at home.
He walked us through the details of his decision in an interview this afternoon.
"Friday we had our Jamboree game, our first pre-season game Thursday night, and I took off school Friday so I could make a visit to Alabama," he informed us.
"We went up there and it was a normal visit, and they treated me great, but I didn't feel about any other school the way I felt about Southern Miss.
"On my way home I called Coach Kap and I wanted to tell Coach Fedora, and they were real excited."
There were many factors that led to his decision, one that he was anxious to make before his senior season of football began.
"The reason I chose Southern Miss is that I have a really good relationship with the offensive line Coach," he said. "They have a great coaching staff, I love every one of them.
"They also have great coaching stability. I talked to Coach Fedora about that it was very important to him. They want to bring Southern Miss to the next level, and that is what I loved.
"They are committed to bring Southern Miss to a BCS bowl game."
He also talked about the national attention Southern Miss is beginning to receive.
"The last C-USA champion UCF in front of every power rack, they have a Golden Eagle head, and what does that say if the champion is thinking about you?
"I know I have a chance to play early there, and they are getting some great upgrades in facilities, a new weight room and they talked about an indoor facility.
"They have a great recruiting class and that is something I want to help be a part of."
Peterson has always had a goal, since he first started playing football, of one day playing in the NFL. He know playing at Southern Miss can help him achieve that dream.
"A lot of people think the shortest road to the NFL is to go to a big school, but that is not true," he said. "The coaching world is a small world and they all know each other.
"Southern Miss has the only three time NFL MVP in Brett Favre," he added.
"If you are good enough, you will get noticed no matter where you are."
Bottom line for Peterson, he just had the right feeling about the Golden Eagle football program. As is said often by many of the Southern Miss commits, the coaches were instrumental in their decision.
Offensive line Coach Kap had a lot to do with bringing in the star lineman.
"He is just awesome, I love his coaching style," he said. "We have a lot in common, and he has a great relationship with my family. I love his style, he rides you when you are doing wrong and pats you on the back when you are doing good.
"He has turned down some big coaching jobs to remain at Southern Miss, and that is the coach I have the best relationship with out of my entire recruiting process. He has stood out the most to me."
"You just have to go to the school that is the best fit for you," he said. "Through the help of my parents, coaches, my brother, and former coaches, I just feel like it is a great place and is something that I want to be a part of."
Football aside, Peterson has always loved Hattiesburg.
"I love the community," he said. "It meant a lot to me, everyone down there loves it, and that is something I love. They have always been very supportive, and I want to help continue to build that community."
Though he goal is obviously to play in the NFL, Peterson is excited about the opportunity to study something he loves while in school.
"The ultimate goal is to go to the pros, and I will work as hard as possible to get there," he said.
"I am not 100% sure, but I love political science and how the government works, so I will probably go that route while I am there. I am just thrilled about it."
Peterson continues the excellent class for the Golden Eagles, and looks to be an anchor on the offensive line for years to come.