PROFILE: Jason Peters

Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic head coach Dale Weiner has had his fair share of blue-chips over the years.

Catholic's campus is a regular stop for college coaches when they travel to or through the Capitol City and this year they will be coming in droves to evaluate Bears' defensive end Jason Peters.

 

Peters is a 6-3, 255-pounder with legit 4.7 speed coming off the edge.

 

He had a breakout junior campaign with 58 tackles, 14 stops hind the line, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. For his efforts he was a unanimous 1st team all-state selection by the coaches and the sports writers, and he picked up some additional hardware by claiming his district's defensive MVP award.

 

Some players with Peters' size at the ripe age of 16 grow into defensive tackles but Weiner thinks his big defensive end will stay put when he moves on.

 

"I think he is an end and I think he will be great coming off the edge," said Weiner. "He's complete though because he is strong enough to defeat blocks with his hands."

 

The first thing that jumps out at you with Peters when you see him in person is how well he is put together and that is a common phrase Weiner hears when he talks to coaches.

 

"Well he definitely passes the eye test," Weiner stated. "I'll tell you what he is a man. You can strike a match on him. To tell you how strong this kid is he holds the record for what we call the snatch lift at 240 pounds and he also has a 325 pound clean. Those are some tough lifts when you're his size."

 

It's hard not to gawk at Peters' physical tools but if you ask his coach what stands out the most he will tell you point blank.

 

"He's a self motivator," Weiner said. "Nobody has to stay on him for anything. He's one of those rare guys who sets the tone for everything whether it's on the field or in the weight room."

 

LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher recruits the area for Les Miles' staff and he put in a call to Catholic High School on National Signing Day this past February to let Peters know he was a top priority for the Tigers.

 

"Jimbo called and left a message and when I called him back he said coach Miles had something to tell me," Weiner said. "Coach Miles got on the phone and said he wanted to offer Jason a scholarship and that he wanted him to be one of his 2007 signees."

 

 

How did Peters react when he learned of the news?

 

"When I told him he was excited and shocked," said Weiner. "I told him boy they are not going to call and offer too many guys today so you must be special."

 

Since that day in early February, Peters has landed an offer from Tennessee and all of the big boys in college football are recruiting him.

 

Weiner said he has spoken to a lot of different coaches regarding his talented player and the list of schools planning to send coaches by in May include the likes of Florida, Alabama, Texas, Florida State, Auburn, and Notre Dame amongst others.

 

Weiner does not expect Peters to make a quick decision regarding his future but he touched on the fact that LSU will be a player in the Jason Peters' sweepstakes.

 

"He's an LSU fan and I know he likes them but I don't see him committing early," Weiner said. "Jason is a pretty level headed kid and he wants to see what all is out there. I think he will wait and take some visits before he decides what he wants to do."

 

Peters Profile: (Jr.) 58 tackles/14 TFL's/10 sacks/3 forced fumbles/1st team all-state/district defensive MVP/300-Bench/325-Clean/3.7 GPA


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