Wagoner's Kevin Peterson: Departure of Brent Venables, Willie Martinez opened door for switch from OU to OSU

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECRUITING — When Kevin Peterson committed to Oklahoma, he had no expectations of changing, but when the two coaches left, it opened the door for Oklahoma State.
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: January 25, 2012

— Kevin Peterson never wanted this to happen.

When the Wagoner cornerback committed to Oklahoma in December, he had no expectations of taking more visits or changing his mind.

But when defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and defensive coordinator Brent Venables left the OU coaching staff and Oklahoma State came charging hard, Peterson couldn't come up with reasons not to listen.

“Coach Martinez was one of the main reasons I committed, and Coach Venables was the one recruiting me,” Peterson said after helping Wagoner's basketball team to a win over Catoosa. “Them leaving kind of opened my eyes and me and my parents sat down and talked and wanted to be sure we were making the right decision.”

Oklahoma State took advantage of the opening, getting Peterson to take an official visit — hosted by longtime friend Isaac Maselera, a Glenpool product — last weekend and it paid off Monday night when, after another discussion with his parents, Peterson officially changed his commitment to Oklahoma State.

“In a perfect world, he would've got both offers at the same time and taken both official visits and then make his decision,” Wagoner defensive coordinator Nick Humphries said. “But he couldn't bank on other offers coming, and he had to decide at that time with what was on the table.”

Monday was a night of ups and downs at the Peterson house.

When Peterson, The Oklahoman's All-State Defensive Player of the Year, came home from school, he told his parents — father Kevin Sr. and mother Kimberly — that he wanted to talk.

Peterson made some food, grabbed a Gatorade and headed up stairs for some quiet time before the talk.

When his parents joined him a bit later, the first message from the son wasn't 100 percent clear.

“Daddy, I think I want to go to OSU,” Kevin said.

“You think?” his dad asked.

“No, I know that's where I want to go,” he answered.

Kevin Sr. and Kimberly questioned their son about his decision, making sure he was choosing the Cowboys for the right reasons. It didn't take long until they were satisfied.

Their first calls were the most difficult. They first tried to call Bob Stoops. Stoops, though, was in the air on another recruiting trip and was unavailable. Mike Stoops picked up though.

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