Wyatt Peiffer Gets Recruiting Looks

Wyatt Peiffer, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end from Chaska (MN) High, attended the Minnesota Junior Day this past weekend. Peiffer comes from a big football family. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Peiffer to learn the latest on his football recruitment and his visit to Minnesota.

Wyatt Peiffer comes from a football family. His father, Warren, is a former defensive end from Iowa and the New Orleans Saints. His uncle, Dan, was Hall of Fame player from Southeast Missouri and played in the NFL for Chicago and Washington. His uncle Carl played for Iowa and participated in the Rose Bowl and Peach Bowl. His older brother Weston started five games as a defensive end at Western Michigan as a sophomore and his cousin Blake is a freshman linebacker ar Southeast Missouri.

Peiffer attended the Minnesota Junior Day Saturday and attended the Gophers' basketball game against Michigan State. He hopes to make several other Junior Days this winter.

"I want to go to North Dakota State and Western Michigan. My brother plays at Western and we go to every home game.

Peiffer said that he is hearing from a variety of schools.

"Minnesota, NDSU, Boise State and Kansas."

Peiffer attended the Minnesota and North Dakota State camps last summer and hopes to make several camp this year.

"I plan on going to NDSU, Minnesota, Western Michigan and maybe Wisconsin.

Chaska finished 3-6 this past season, losing to Minnetonka 28-14 in the first round of the Class AAAAA, Section 6 playoffs. Despite the loss of their starting quarterback and top running back and receiver, Peiffer has hopes for the team next fall.

"Hopefully, we'll do good. We are going down in conference (from the Lake to the Missota). Hopefully, that works out good. The conference , we are going to, is still pretty good. We are getting a new head coach. They are looking for one right now."

Peiffer feels that his strength as a player in his pass rushing ability. He is working hard to improve his all-around game.

"I want to work on my hand moves and my quickness off the ball. I want to keep going after the play and keep my motor going."

Peffier runs a 4.8 to 4.85 40-yard dash and works hard in the offseason to get ready for college.

"I have been going to Game Speed for about three years now. It is my favorite. It is probably the best place that I have gone to yet. It has helped me with everything. My coordination, my speed, my quickness. My strength, definitely. My vertical.

Peiffer said that there was no pressure on him to follow in his the footsteps of his football family or fear of being disowned, if he were to god forbid, play basketball.

"I don't know. My dad left it up to us on what we wanted to. He coached us along."

Peiffer said that he played other sports growing up, but is now a one-sport athlete.

"I just play football and workout in the offseason. I used to play baseball and lacrosse, but I decided to focus on football only."

Peiffer has a 3.29 GPA and plans on taking the ACT soon. He has given thought to a possible college major.

"Business. I am focused on business and something with communications. That is one of my strong points, talking with people."

Peiffer said that his brother has talked to him about following him to Western Michigan.

"We have talked about it a lot. It would be fun to play with him, but since he is graduating before I am in college."

Peiffer, who attended the Minnesota-South Dakota State game last fall said that he enjoyed his visit to the Minnesota campus.

"It was fun, actually. We toured the place and talked to all the coaches. We split up into defense and offense meetings. It was fun. The coaches were really nice. We went to the game and it was a heartbreaker."

Peiffer and his father competed in the MN State Raw bench competition and jointly set new state records for their age and weight divisions.

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