Peters talks top five

With several SEC and ACC offers to his name after a spring full of visits, Scout 100 safety Jamal Peters took the next step in his recruitment in releasing a top five to Scout. The decision, detailed in order inside, could set the table for his official visit schedule in the fall.

In today's recruiting, there are ever-changing factors in tracking one prospect from his first verbal scholarship offer until he signs with a school.

Now, top groups are focused on and even expected from analysts and fan-bases alike, prompting the players to follow suit to a certain degree. On Tuesday, Bassfield (Miss.) four-star safety Jamal Peters did the same, releasing a top five, in order, reflecting considerable movement from the top 10 he released in late May.

"First, I've got Alabama. Mississippi State is second, Florida State third, Ole Miss fourth and LSU fifth," he said. "It's just a top five for right now."

The Crimson Tide was fourth on his last list, but has upped its presence with Peters since the spring evaluation period. It enabled he and his family to get in touch with Nick Saban all at one time.

"We talked to Nick Saban on Skype at school; it was my dad's first time talking to him," he said. "My mom met him at junior day (when he was offered). At first, they weren't sure about him, but they found out he's a good coach and that they remind them of my football coach (Lance Mancuso).

"They just like the way he really wasn't talking about football, he was talking mostly about academics. They stay on their players' grades."

Peters touched on each school in his current top group.

Alabama: "I know I've just visited there one time, but I think I've got a chance to play there. After talking to Coach Saban, with my mom and them, it's a school that should be on top because of the academics they have, just the way they play as a team and how they carry themselves on and off the field."

MSU: "They offered me my 10th grade year, and they were my number one in my old top 10. But then Alabama just started recruiting me hard. But you have to show love for the first school to offer you."

FSU: "It was hard out of them and Mississippi State. Florida State is recruiting me hard, but then again Florida is a long way away. I like the style of defense they play and how I fit there."

Ole Miss: "They've been on me hard, too, they're still in the same spot pretty much."

LSU: "When I went down there, it felt like home, even though they have a lot of DBs. They stopped recruiting me, now they are recruiting me again so they're in the top five."

Camp trips to both Starkville and Oxford are likely for July 18 and 19, respectively. After that point, there isn't a concrete visit plan for the fall or beyond. The rising-senior is not in any rush to take even the next step in the process.

"It was hard to do the top five, but my mom thought I should go ahead and release it because people have been asking," Peters said. "But I don't want to make a commitment right now, because I'll decommit. And I don't want to do that, I want to be 100 percent with the school I choose."

Scout.com currently tabs Peters as the No. 5 safety in the class of 2015. He is No. 66 in the Scout 100.


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