Three-Star TE Jake Peters Recaps Unofficial Visits With Colorado and UCLA

Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita tight end Jake Peters took recent Pac-12 visits to Colorado and UCLA.

This will be a very important spring evaluation period coming up for tight end Jake Peters.

Peters showed promise as a sophomore and heading into his junior year, he landed an offer from the Washington Huskies. Unfortunately, Peters suffered a ruptured achilles tendon at a summer camp and it forced him to miss his entire junior season.

Peters is healthy now and hoping to show the college scouts he's 100%. He's a big, physical tight end, strong as an in-line blocker but also capable of being a factor in the passing game.

On the recruiting front, Peters took a pair of Pac-12 visits over the last week, checking out Colorado last Friday and UCLA on Monday.

"Colorado was a great visit, I really enjoyed it there," Peters said. "They had a Junior Day Saturday but my dad had a work event that day so we just went up on Friday. Gary Bernardi (CU TE coach) was actually the coach who recruited my dad to Arizona back in the 80s so they had some funny stories to tell about their days together at UA. 

"I was also able to sit down and had a good talk with coach (Mike) MacIntyre (head coach). He told me they're very interested but just want to see me run. The campus is incredible and the facilities and stadium were incredible as well. The air quality is definitely better than back home and I really enjoyed my time there and have a lot of of interest in the CU program."

On Monday, Peters stayed local and checked out UCLA.

"It was a good visit, the new football building is unreal," Peters said. "They move in to in it June and it's going to be really nice. The last time I visited UCLA was 10 days after my achilles surgery and I couldn't do much but this visit, I was able to walk around and see a lot more of the campus and facilities.

"Coach (Rip) Scherer (TE coach) told me they're looking at me as a tradition Y type tight end. He said they're realizing it's hard to find a true Y tight end and feels I fit what they're looking for as an athlete, person and student. He's going to come down in the spring to watch me and just like with CU, they want to see how I run. If he likes what he sees, he's going to tell coach Mora I'm healthy and healed up."

Since Peters injured himself at a college camp last summer, he's not planning to hit the camp circuit this time around.

"I'm really just trying to stay healthy this off-season," Peters said. "I want to play my senior year and have a big season. We had a ton of coaches come by our school last year for spring ball so hopefully they will all come out and again to see me and Malone Mataele and see that I'm healthy and the same player I was before my injury. 

"I'm still talking with UW (Washington) and I've also been hearing from ArizonaArizona StateCalOregonOregon State  and  Utah. Like I said, it's a going to be a big spring for me but I'm excited and ready to get going."

To see Peters in action from his sophomore season, check out his highlights above:

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