Peter Westerhaus Gets Recruiting Attention

Peter Westerhaus, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound TE/LB from Holy Family Catholic, recently received a scholarship offer from Minnesota. Westerhaus, who attended last week's U.S. Army All-American Game combine, helped lead the Fire to a 9-2 record, losing to Minneapolis North 29-27 in the Class AAA, Section 5 finals. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Holy Family head coach Dave Hopkins to learn the latest.

Peter Westerhaus was named Defensive Player of the year for his team and was first team All-Conference as a junior. Minnesota assistant coach Kevin Cosgrove stopped by the school last week and liked what he saw on tape. Coach Brewster extended a scholarship offer immediately. .

GoldenSports.Net caught up with Holy Family head coach Dave Hopkins to learn the latest on his standout's recruitment. Minnesota is the first offer, but Hopkins said that plenty of other teams are showing interest.

"Wisconsin, Ohio State, UCLA, Iowa State and Alabama have shown interest. He attended games at Wisconsin and Iowa State last fall."

Hopkins said Westerhaus could be close to landing a second offer.

"Wisconsin sounds really close. I know their coaches pretty well. I lived in Wisconsin for 35 years. They have been to the school three times and have been asking about him for awhile. He went to the Wisconsin camp last year and has been to Ohio State for two or three years."

Hopkins said that Westerhuas is a player with many strengths.

"His mental ability and football intelligence is outstanding. He has a strong work ethic to improve on all of his skills. He works hard to improve and works hard to make money to spend on training. He has a big frame on him. He is a strong tackler and has good hands as a receiver. I persuaded him to play basketball and lacrosse. I told him that it would be good for him, but he wants to work out at Game Speed, hit the weights and concentrate on football."

Hopkins said that Westerhuas is getting looks from college on both sides of the field.

"It's 50-50 offense-defense. Tight end oriented teams will look at him. For some teams (tight end) is a dying breed with all the spread offenses. He is getting looks as a defensive end, middle linebacker or tight end."

Hopkins said that Westerhuas has been hand-timed with a 4.8 40-yard dash, something that he is working to improve.

"It's not off-the-chart. It's one of his weaknesses. However, he had three coaches time him to make sure that he was under 5.0 and at Game Speed, he has been timed at 4.7 or 4.6. He'll get that down even lower."

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