Recruiting fanatics from around the country know that Louisiana is loaded with blue-chip defensive linemen for 2007 but someone they may not know much about is Baton Rouge-Catholic defensive end Jason Peters (6-3, 255, 4.8).
Much of that is due to the fact that Catholic's head coach Dale Weiner keeps recruiting low key until his prospects wrap up their junior year so that all of the hoopla does not interfere with what truly matters—academics.
In the classroom, Peters is an outstanding student carrying a 3.6 GPA. On the gridiron, he is just as impressive and he proved it last season when he was named Class 5A 1st Team All-State after he posted 58 tackles, 14 stops behind the line, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Peters has finished up his junior year and is enjoying his summer but he took a little time out of his day to give Tiger Rag an update on how recruiting is going and what his plans are for the summer.
Tiger Rag: What are your plans for this summer?
Peters: I'm going to do a lot of weightlifting and probably get a summer job.
Tiger Rag: Do you plan on visiting any schools over the summer?
Peters: Yes. We are making a list right now but we are not real sure of all of the ones we are going to visit.
Tiger Rag: Have you decided on any that you will definitely trip to?
Peters: Right now, we are looking at making a roundtrip to Auburn, Florida and definitely Tennessee. There will be more too but we haven't decided on them all.
Tiger Rag: Do you have plans to camp at LSU this summer?
Peters: We are going to try to camp there but we have to see how the summer goes.
Tiger Rag: Which schools have offered you a scholarship?
Peters: Let's see, there is LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, Northwestern, Nebraska, Georgia Tech and Alabama. That is all I can really think of right now.
Tiger Rag: Didn't LSU offer you on National Signing Day?
Peters: Yes they did.
Tiger Rag: How did make you feel when LSU offered you a scholarship before the 2006 class was wrapped up?
Peters: I was honored to tell you the truth. It's always been a dream of mine and for it to happen then was great. I always try to take everything in stride and not let it overcome me. Coach always tells us not let this consume you because you still have to do it in the classroom and on the field. But, it was an honor to get that from LSU.
Tiger Rag: When was the last time you talked to Jimbo Fisher?
Peters: It's been a little while. He called in May when the coaches can make their one phone call but I've gotten a few text messages from him and some mail.
Tiger Rag: Was LSU the first school to call in May?
Peters: They were the first.
Tiger Rag: What does coach Fisher say they like about what you bring to the table?
Peters: He said they like my pursuit and my hustle. They like how I go hard on every play.
Tiger Rag: Do they see you as an every down defensive end?
Peters: I hope so. He said they are looking at me as a standup defensive end. They see me as somebody who can rush the passer or drop back in coverage. They say they can move me around a lot.
Tiger Rag: Being the hometown school, does that give LSU an advantage over the others?
Peters: For me right now, I am basing all of my decisions off community and academics. I try not to base it off who has the best football team, who the hometown team is or anything like that. But, I do feel that LSU would be a great fit for me, along with some other schools.
Note: For an update on Peters' summer tour and more on his recruitment stay tuned to TigerRag.com.
Q&A With Jason Peters
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