Will Peterson Walk On?

Bakersfield (Calif.) Christian WR Jake Peterson was four-star QB Derek Carr's top target in 2008. Both players shattered numerous Central Section records on their way to earning All-American honors and leading the Eagles to a CIF D5 section championship. While Carr is committed, Peterson has fewer options. He has said no to FCS offers and may walk on at either a Pac-10 or WAC school…

Jake Peterson (6-5, 205) has grown a few inches since he broke out in the spring at both the Stanford Nike Camp and UnderArmour/Scout.com Oakland Combine. After playing quarterback as a junior, Peterson moved to his more natural position of receiver in 2008 thanks in part to the Texas high school transfer Derek Carr.

Carr-to-Peterson became the most prolific pass-catching duo for a single season in Central Section history. Peterson caught 97 passes for 1,343 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was named to the Bakersfield Californian's all-area team. He set section records for receptions, and recorded 21 total touchdowns for the season.

Despite his many accolades, he lacks the coveted FBS offers.

"Sac State and Cal Poly talked about offering but I said thanks but no thanks," said Peterson.

A few things are keeping schools from offering him. He carries a 2.82 GPA, but his SAT score is not sufficient. He has retaken the test, and he says he will continue to retake it until he scores high enough. Moreover, his forty-time is in the 4.7 range. He ran only a 4.88 at the UA/Scout.com Oakland Combine, but he says he most recent time is a 4.69.

"I'm working with a speed coach," said Peterson. "He says I should be down to a low 4.6 by the summer if I continue working."

Two schools have been recruiting him for a while, and he may attend one of them regardless of an offer.

"Cal and Fresno State both have offered me as a preferred walk-on," said Peterson. "I think Fresno still might send me a [National Letter of Intent]."

The appeal of the Bulldogs is easy. Peterson says he would love to continue to play with his good friend Carr, who already enrolled at Fresno State and will sign on Wednesday.

As for California, Peterson is originally from the Bay Area – moved to Bakersfield from Daly City when he was in the 8th grade. He says he has a lot of family still in the Bay, and playing at Berkeley would be like playing at home.

He last spoke with Fresno State last week when the Bulldog coaches were visiting his school to look over his transcripts. It has been a bit longer since he last spoke with Cal WR Coach Kevin Daft.

"I haven't talked to Coach Daft or KP (Cal recruiting assistant Kevin Parker) since mid-January," said Peterson. "I need to get in contact with them. If I don't [receive an LOI] I am going to walk on [at Cal or Fresno State]."

Peterson says junior college is not an option. He has his high aspirations and feels he is a legitimate FBS player.

"I just have to pray about it."

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