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The Oklahoman’s Super 30: Stillwater's Lance Petermann a fast learner after late start in football

Stillwate lineman Lance Petermann is No. 22 on The Oklahoman’s 2021 Super 30 list of top high school recruits in the state. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]
Stillwate lineman Lance Petermann is No. 22 on The Oklahoman’s 2021 Super 30 list of top high school recruits in the state. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

STILLWATER — Lance Petermann has spent most of his life as the biggest kid in school.

As someone who towered over his classmates, he often received suggestions of how he should effectively use his size.

“Everyone was always telling me, ‘Man you should play football,’ and I just kept hearing that over-and-over,” Petermann said. “But my parents wouldn’t let me play little league.”

His parents feared he'd learn bad habits playing youth football. So, Petermann grew up playing baseball instead, becoming a left-handed pitcher.

It wasn’t until seventh grade that Petermann was allowed to try football. By then, he was nearly 6-feet. He played offensive and defensive line and instantly fell in love with the physical sport.

“Since I was the bigger kid, I was always told, ‘You got to be nice to the other kids, you got to be gentle with everyone else,’” Petermann said. “Football is a place where they told me, ‘Go beat the crap out of the kid next to you or in front of you.’

“It was something I never experienced because everyone was so much smaller than me, I’d hurt them. But on the football field, they signed up.”

In his first football season, Petermann helped lead Stillwater’s seventh-grade team to an undefeated record. He quickly realized the potential he had in the sport. So, when his parents made him choose between football and baseball, it was an easy decision.

“From then on, I just decided that I was going to stick with it,” Petermann said. “And no matter what I was going to play.”

After just five years of playing football, he’s proved he made the right decision.

Petermann is No. 22 on The Oklahoman’s 2021 Super 30 list of top high school recruits in the state. As a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman, he’s helped lead Stillwater High School to consecutive undefeated regular seasons and has garnered the attention of many college programs in the process.

In week four of his junior year, Petermann received his first offer from Arkansas State. As he preps for his senior year, his recruitment has only skyrocketed.

Petermann has received 11 scholarship offers which include notable schools such as Air Force, Army, Navy, Eastern Michigan and New Mexico.

But he’s not satisfied yet. For his senior year, Petermann has a few more football goals he wants to accomplish before his high school career is over.

“Get my squat over 450 pounds, get my bench at about 300 and get a ring,” he said.

Petermann began going after his weight lifting goals early last season. His parents bought him a membership to a local gym. And Petermann has spent most days after practice, participating in his own two-a-days, with the guidance of his older brother, Andrew, who is majoring in exercise science at Oklahoma State.

As one of the biggest high school football players in the state, Petermann has his sights set on getting bigger. If his scholarship offers are any indication of his already massive size and work ethic, there will only be plenty more to come.

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The Oklahoman's Super 30

Name: Lance Petermann

School: Stillwater

Super 30 ranking: No. 22

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 275 pounds

Position: Left tackle

Recruited by: Air Force, Arkansas, Army, Central Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan, Navy, New Mexico, Missouri Western, South Dakota State, Western Illinois

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About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2020 class. The series continued Sunday with No. 22, Stillwater’s Lance Petermann. See No. 21 on the list in Monday’s editions of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players we’ve featured:

No. 26: Isaac Smith, DL, Wagoner

No. 25: Darryan Moss, LB, Broken Arrow

No. 24: Bryce Drummond, QB, Pawhuska

No. 23: Emaud Triplett, LB, Owasso

No. 22: Lance Petermann, OL, Stillwater

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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