Peters is thinking about visits

Jason Peters, a 6-3, 265-pound defensive end out of Catholic High in Baton Rouge, has a list seven schools he is considering playing for at the next level, but has yet to decide which ones he will visit officially, as excelling in school is his first priority.

"My favorites are LSU, Georgia Tech, Florida, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma," Peters said. "Those are the ones I am considering visiting, and the schools that are still in the running for me."


Jason Peters' first official visit is scheduled for Georgia Tech this upcoming weekend, he said, but he will hold off on the rest until after the New Year in order to concentrate on finals.


Why did Peters decide on the seven schools on his list?


Georgia Tech- "They do a great job of balancing athletics and academics."

Florida- "There is great football tradition, and they have a good pharmacy school."

Notre Dame- "They are one of the top schools in the country, both athletically and academically."

Nebraska- "They have a strong program, and great tradition."

Oklahoma- "Oklahoma puts a big focus on players graduating, and they are rich in football tradition."

Arkansas- "Arkansas is a great football team. Real business oriented, I liked that."

LSU- "It's a great school with a great football program that competes on the highest level, and its somewhere I could get a good education."


"Really, all those schools stand out for the same reason," explained Peters. "They all stress academics, and make sure players get an education there. That is what is most important for me, because there is more to life than football."



While he makes it a point to excel in the classroom, Peters has gotten attention from coaches for his performance on the field, earning district MVP honors the past two seasons and being named Louisiana's Gatorade Player of the Year.


In the weight room, he claims a 315 pound bench press, a 430 lb. squat, and a vertical jump of 31 inches. His combination of strength and mobility has made Peters a popular prospect for several coaching staffs, including at Arkansas, who was meeting with the linemen Tuesday night.


LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has been in charge of recruiting Peters for the Tigers, and last met with him at Peters' house last week. Head coach Les Miles was there as well.


"It's been good talking to the coaches," Peters said. "I've talked to coach Miles on several occasions. He's a great coach, and seems like a great person."


Though his officials are undecided, Peters made several unofficial visits to schools this summer, including Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Auburn. Being a native of Baton Rouge, he has also been able to visit LSU on multiple occasions, and was on hand for the Tigers' meetings with Arizona and Alabama this season.


"They have everything I could want at LSU," he said, "But I want to make sure to give every school an equal opportunity. I want to make sure I do what is best for me down the road."


Peters said that he expects to make a commitment early next year as soon as he has taken all of his official visits.


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