Competition Doesn’t Scare Michigan QB Commit

Michigan has loaded up on quarterbacks over the past few months, adding two transfers and a 2015 recruit. The additional competition may have served as a deterrent to some prospects, but not 2016 Avon (Ind.) signal caller Brandon Peters. As a matter of fact, the Hoosier State star can’t wait to be a part of the competition.

Brandon Peters had recently been keeping a closely guarded secret about his recruitment.  Last Friday during his unofficial visit to Michigan Jim Harbaugh was the first to be let in on the news.

The Avon (Ind.) quarterback wants to be a Wolverine.

“I think I realized two weeks ago that (Michigan) was kind of where I wanted to go,” Peters said.  “I kind of just kept it on the down low and wasn’t telling anybody, but I just kind of knew a couple of weeks ago that that is what I wanted to do.”

“I know there are a bunch of quarterbacks there right now, but that doesn’t stop me.  You’re just going to have to go there and you’re going to have to compete and earn a spot.  That’s fine with me. I love to compete.  Also at the same time, it is a special opportunity to play for Coach Harbaugh.  I think things are going to really start going in the right direction and I really want to be a part of it. I loved it there.  The atmosphere was awesome.  The fans are awesome as well.”

Peters’ take on competition is precisely the mentality that Harbaugh wants in all of his players, but especially in his quarterback.  The four-star signal caller believe he is more than ready for the challenge.

“I look at (competing) as an opportunity, and I’m going to take it,” Peters said confidently.  “It is awesome to be able to compete and that’s what I want to do.”

Harbaugh had been working feverishly to add a quarterback to the 2016 mix, so when one of his top targets finally accepted his invitation he could hardly contain himself.

“It was crazy,” Peters said laughingly.  “Him and Jack Harbaugh… I don’t even know how to explain it… they kind of went crazy.  To be honest, (Jim Harbaugh) is actually kind of funny.  He’s a funny dude.  He’s really easy to get along with and talk to.  He’s just a really cool guy.”

On the field Michigan’s headman is anything but funny.  He has earned a reputation for being a no-nonsense guy that is all about toughness.  That too is extremely appealing to Peters.  That’s not surprising considering the way he describes himself and his game.

“(Brandon Peters) is a tough dude,” the talented youngster replied when asked to give a self-scouting report.  “He’s not really a vocal leader, but he knows how to get his team going in the right direction and get things done.  He has a lot of athleticism, a big arm, and he can throw the ball accurately.  He’s raw but with good coaching, I think he can be good.”

If his high school career to this point is an indicator of things to come, then the future in Ann Arbor is definitely bright.  As a sophomore Peters beat out a senior to win the starting quarterback job.  Then last year he threw for 1876 yards and 21 touchdowns, and rushed for 244 yards and five more scores for a team that went 8-3 and lost in the second round of the playoffs.  And though not the most talkative youngster around Peters does plan to serve as a catalyst for luring other top prospects into the Maize & Blue fold.

“Definitely, I’m going to recruit other guys,” he said.  “I’m already doing it. I’m talking to (Desmond Fitzpatrick) a little bit and Donnie Corley.”

And he promises that’s just that that is just the beginning. 

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