Alabama extended an offer to 2021 defensive end, Darryl Peterson, on Monday via a phone call from the Tide’s special teams and tight ends’ coach, Jeff Banks.
— Darryl Peterson (@_DPETERSON10) December 10, 2019
Peterson is a product of Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio, which is the same school Alabama’s 2020 4-Star tight end commit, Caden Clark, attends. Alabama’s offer is Peterson’s seventh Division 1 offer. The 2021 recruit said the offer came as a surprise to him.
“I was in shock,” Peterson said. “It definitely felt good to know that all those long workouts and work in general, that I have put in is being noticed.”
Wisconsin was the first school to offer Peterson. Maryland, Pittsburgh, Akron, West Virginia and Iowa followed suit over the last two months. Alabama’s offer is his first SEC offer.
Peterson said he feels Alabama is a program rich in history.
“It is a tradition-rich program with a great coaching staff, who knows how to win,” Peterson said. “I think that will continue for years to come,” Peterson said.
Peterson comes in at 6-3 and weighs 235 pounds. Hoban lined him up on the inside and outside on the defensive line during this past season. Banks told Peterson there were certain parts of his game he likes.
“He said he (Banks) loved my speed off of the edge and my energy,” Peterson said.
The Ohio-native finished his junior season with 45 tackles and 21 sacks, which was a school record. Peterson also accounted for 24 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles.
The Tide will look to get Peterson on campus soon to help build a relationship with the rising 2021 prospect.
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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith