September 4, 2003

I'm starting to feel the pressure

Editor's Note: Recruiting Diaries are semi-regular feature from Rivals.com. In them, we feature the nation's top recruits talking about what's going on in the recruiting process, in their own words.

This installment is from the nation's top prospect, five-star running back Adrian Peterson of Palestine. Peterson talks about the recent barrage of phone calls he's received and what's on tap for him over the next couple weeks.




Adrian Peterson 1.5X1.8.jpgBoy, it's been a busy few days. I've had coaches calling pretty much non-stop. On Wednesday I probably had about 10 and then at least 20 more on Monday and Tuesday. Those are the ones that I've answered. They've been coming in from all over the place really. To tell you the truth, it's pretty tiring and very hectic. You talk to one coach and as soon as you hang up, another one is calling. Or you're trying to talk to one and a bunch of others are beeping in. It actually can get on your nerves a little bit but it's something I'm going to have to handle.

Usually, I just have to tell them that I'm talking to someone else and ask them to call back. They're always cool about it though.

Usually we just have small talk and kind of get to know each other but some coaches have tried to talk about visits and things like that already. I guess I would say that coach (Lee) Fobbs and coach Fran at A&M and coach Coker at Miami have stood out the most. I just felt comfortable talking to them.

Recruiting is still fun but I'm starting to feel the pressure of it a lot more now. But mostly, I just let it roll off of my back. If it were up to me, I'd like to have some peace and quiet sometimes. It seems like everywhere I go, people are recognizing me and asking questions or giving opinions. And I'm not really the type of person that likes to be the center of attention. I try to stay humble and just do my thing.

On the field, we started our season last week against Cleveland. We were successful as a team. We won 33-0 and I thought we played pretty well. Our line has some new guys and with it being our first full game, we weren't really used to working together. But we'll get better as we go on. Personally, as for myself, I didn't think I did very well. I feel like I had a bad game, personally. My coach said, "Well you had 220 yards and four touchdowns," but I expect more than that. I'm hard on myself but I have to be.

It was cool to have college football starting again. I watched a few games, the Virginia Tech game, Texas A&M and Texas plus a few others. Marcus Vick from Virginia Tech looked good. He's the real deal.

This upcoming week we play Huntsville. My first goal is to win and have our team improve. As for a personal goal, I want to get 300 yards or more. Then I'm going to College Station on Saturday, and I think I'm going for the Pittsburgh game too.




 

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