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The nation's top running back and No. 2 player overall is Adrian Peterson from Palestine, Texas. Peterson, 6-1.5 and 205 pounds, had another sensational season. Last year as a junior, he rushed for over 2,000 and 22 touchdowns. His senior season was even better. Peterson led Palestine to a 9-2 record and he finished the season with 240 carries for 2,315 yards and 32 touchdowns. Not bad for a marked man. "It was a crazy season," Peterson said. "I saw some weird stuff. One team, the defensive line just stood up as the ball was snapped and they were eyeballing me. My offensive line would come off the ball and go after those guys. "Overall, I was pleased with how I played this season. I was playing with patience and letting things come to me." In regards to recruiting, he could play for anyone in the country as he has scholarship offers from coast to coast. So far three lucky teams have already received official visit from Peterson. He tripped to UCLA and Arkansas earlier this season and to USC last weekend. "UCLA was my first official and I liked it. It was a good all-around visit and the Bruins are still in it for sure. "Arkansas was kind of like home. I had so much in common with those guys and it was very nice. "I went to USC this past weekend and it was the best trip I have had so far. It was crazy… it was tight. The players and coaches are great and I like the environment. I like being in L.A. They are like a big family and that includes the coaches." Peterson has been favoring the Sooners for some time. Was the trip to Southern Cal enough to overtake the Sooners? "No. Right now Oklahoma is still my favorite team. I would say that USC is second for me. I have been to Oklahoma a bunch of times and they still standout above everyone else. They have it all and I love the coaches." For now, Miami will get a visit on December 5th and his last visit will go to Oklahoma, LSU, Texas or Texas A&M. Peterson knows that the Hurricanes have already received running back commitments from Charlie Jones, Bobby Washington, and Derron Thomas. The competition doesn't bother Peterson. "There's competition at Miami, there's competition at USC and I know there's competition everywhere. Look at USC with Reggie (Bush) and the guys (Lendale White, Chauncey Washington). That stuff doesn't bother me." So for now, Peterson is leaning towards the out of state Sooners with USC a close second. He has already visited USC, UCLA and Arkansas. Miami is scheduled for his fourth visit with the last one likely going to Oklahoma but Texas, Texas A&M or LSU could sneak in there. Things are getting interesting for Peterson. "Right now, I do not have a timetable for my decision. I just know that I want to decide when I feel comfortable with the decision."
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