What was once an impending cloud of despair has become a promising, glorious horizon of which Cincinnati fans can think of throughout the coming months.
Bearcats have added former Under Armour All-American and LSU WR transfer Avery Peterson— BearcatJournal.com (@BearcatJournal) July 22, 2015
Okay, what I'm trying to say with the gibberish above is that the once terrifying question mark that was Cincinnati's receiving corps is suddenly, not only promising, but exciting. With the addition of Avery Peterson - yet another former four-star recruit - coupled with yesterday's Jamil Kamara commitment, the Bearcats look to have two receivers that won't only fill-in when six receivers graduate come next spring, but look to star. Peterson, like Kamara, is an incredibly exciting player and one who figures to make an impact when he gets on the field in the black, red and white.
Focusing on Peterson specifically, you have to be excited about the addition. Peterson only played in one game during his first two years at LSU, but the 6'2″, 200 lbs receiver was heavily recruited out of Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. Peterson was given a 91 composite score, according to 247Sports, and by 247Sports' own ratings, he was a 92. He was widely considered a top recruit at the receiver position. ESPN had him as their 23rd ranked wide receiver in the 2012 class that featured the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham and Amari Cooper. He was given an 80 out of 100 by ESPN Recruiting. He was also an Under Armour All-American and competed in the 2012 showcase game.
Coming out of high school, Peterson received offers from everyone who was anyone including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, USC and many others. The fact that Cincinnati is the team that drew Peterson's interest when he decided to transfer from LSU earlier this summer is a testament to what Tommy Tuberville and his coaching staff is creating in Cincinnati. Peterson is a big-time get and should be a huge playmaker, not this season, but in the 2016 season with Kamara when they are both eligible to play.
You have to like what the Bearcats are doing over the offseason and you have to be impressed with the quality of players they are bringing in through traditional recruiting and through the acquisition of former All-American transfers.
Once again, it is only fair to conclude with highlights of the latest addition to the 2016 receiving corps. He's big, he's fast and is clearly comfortable with the ball in his hands. Cincinnati seems to be begging for consideration as the new "wide receiver U".
BONUS: Yes, Peterson is the younger brother of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.