Peterson Focuses on Two Colleges

Quarterback Blair Peterson of San Antonio (Texas) Churchill High School didn't receive all the attention and accolades like many of the nation's other top quarterbacks this season. Now, within a couple weeks, Peterson plans to make his college decision and two schools stand out as his finalists.

Quarterback Blair Peterson (6-3, 220) will be the first one to tell you he has flown under the radar of many major college football programs this season. That's alright according to Peterson, because good things come to those who wait.

"I've gotten so much better since the beginning of my senior year," Peterson said. "The opportunity to be recruited by Division I-A programs is great. I've been blessed."

Blessed indeed.

Peterson has a rocket for a left arm and perhaps as much upside as any quarterback in the nation's 2004 class. It's that upside that has schools like Florida, Louisville, Ohio State and Central Michigan focused on the strong-armed Texas signal-caller.

"Football is not just a game to me, it's a passion," Peterson said. "What I bring to the field of play is leadership and work ethic. You might be bigger or faster than me, but you're not going to outwork me."

In only his first season as the starter for San Antonio Churchill High School, Peterson led the Chargers to a 4-6 record, passing for more than 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns, while adding another three TDs on the ground.

Peterson said he attended many football camps last summer, including one at Brigham Young, where he was rated the top quarterback at the camp. The Cougars never offered a scholarship though and according to Peterson, eventually stopped recruiting him.

One school though, Central Michigan, has offered Peterson. Florida would too, he said, if they had a scholarship to offer.

"I'm definitely interested in CMU, but Florida is my first choice," Peterson said. "If it doesn't work out at Florida in the next couple weeks then I plan to visit CMU."

Peterson made an official visit to Florida Jan. 30, but the Gators had all their scholarships spoken for already. He has scheduled a visit to CMU March 19. If the Gators cannot come up with a scholarship between now and then, Peterson said he could very well become a Chippewa.

"March 19th is the target date," Peterson said. "I'm going to wait and see how these next couple weeks play out. I do have an offer on the table from CMU."

Peterson is a Mormon, so wherever he decides to play his college football, he would most likely redshirt his first year, then go on a church sponsored mission for two years. Upon his return to college, he would then have four years of eligibility beginning in 2007.

"I plan to sign a letter-of-intent and I'm looking forward to being at the same school my entire time," Peterson said.

The son of Seattle Seahawks scout and Ann Arbor, Mich., native John Peterson, Blair said he still has many relatives in the Detroit area.

Peterson said he's looking forward to the day in the near future when he finally signs his LOI and noted the hard work CMU coach Plas Presnell has done recruiting him.

"Coach Presnell has been doing a great job recruiting me," Peterson said. "I don't know that much about CMU, but that's the purpose of the visit. I know they run the spread offense and that appeals to me. I also know the MAC is a great conference that has produced some very good quarterbacks."

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