Get to Know: Brad Peterson 2015 DT Recruit

Brad Peterson is a Defensive Tackle coming out of the Class of 2015. He is from Du Bois, PA and stands 6’5 weighing 280. 247 Sports has Brad as a 2 star recruit with a 78 rating. Also given the ranking of being the 49th player out of PA in his class. Brad Peterson is not your everyday student athlete. He was born hard of hearing, and his hearing got worse throughout his life. He now uses hearing aids and is doing better. In the classroom, Brad uses a sign language interpreter. A very interesting article on he and his interpreter can be found here.


Despite his hearing ability, Brad is a standout athlete at DuBois. “I’m blessed where I am. You know. Just feel really lucky and worked hard to get where I’m at today.” Peterson explains. “It’s a lot harder for hard of hearing people but I work hard and it’s paying off.” Brad said. He works hard on and off the field. Currently holding two offers from Central Connecticut State and Saint Francis, Peterson is not satisfied.

When asked about the recruiting process Brad told me “Intense, really stressful during football season but it’s very exciting. Close on a Penn State offer. Really close.”. Others schools showing interest are Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois, Cal and North Carolina. He has visited Penn State, and plans to visit again on the 25th for the Ohio State game. Peterson also plans on possibly visiting Purdue.

When asked about what schools are closet to offering he listed “Penn State, Purdue, Kent State and Ball State.” He does not hold an offer from Ohio State. But there is a chance he may receive one. Brad explained he has been in contact with Coach Johnson. “If they don’t get Mclean I might get the leftover spot.” Peterson said.  “Columbus is a great place to be and to be part of the scarlet and gray would mean a lot. I’ve been there before when I camped at Rivals Camp Series in Columbus.”

Coach Johnson has been telling Brad to keep sending him film every week and to kick butt. “He’s got a couple guys ahead on the board but he’s still looking for a DT so he’s going to continue to recruit me.” Peterson explains. When asked about how he plays Peterson said “I’m big, fast, explosive and I can clog gaps very well.” “I would like to improve on speed and hand work.”

Peterson practices an extra half hour on the field. He works hard at everything he does. An Ohio State offer is possible, depending on how certain things workout. Here are some game highlights on Brad.