Lalich: 'I Like The Offense'

West (VA) Springfield quarterback Peter Lalich discusses his recruitment with Pack Pride.

When talking to Peter Lalich, you get the feeling he just doesn't like the recruiting process too much. The talented signal-caller from Springfield, Virginia has a host of scholarship offers, and several big-time programs expressing heavy interest, but it just doesn't seem to faze him.

"Recruiting... it's going alright," Lalich told Pack Pride. "I wish I could just play and not have to take all these trips and do that stuff. I wish I could just stay with my team and get better as a player.

"But, I know this is important for my future, and I do want to make the best choice for me."

Lalich is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, passing for 2,700 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. Standing 6-foot-5 and 230-pounds, Lalich has it all. He possesses a cannon for an arm, is very accurate, and has good mobility. Most importantly, he is a feisty competitor and a team leader.

How competitive is he? He's heading down to's combine this weekend at Duke University not to impress recruiting analysts or college coaches. He wants to prove just how good he is against the best.

"I don't have many camps planned, but I'm going to the camp at Duke, and I'm going to NIKE," Lalich said. "I'm going down to the Scout camp for the competition.

"The top two quarterbacks from Virginia are going to be down there so I'm looking forward to that. Tyrod Taylor is suppose to be going, and I want to show what I can do."

As for recruiting, Lalich has already garnered offers from Miami, UCLA, Michigan, Pittsburgh, NC State, Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio University. Hesitant to name a leader, he did talk in-depth about a couple of programs on his list.

"At Virginia, I like the offense they run, and I like the players that are already down there," Lalich said. "I also like coach Mike Groh. He's a cool guy. He's the new offensive coordinator, and I am really happy for him that he got the job.

"With Miami, I like coach Coker. He's laid-back, and the tradition there is great. I also like the athletes they have."

One school that could be making a move is NC State. The Wolfpack landed Lalich's teammate, kicker Josh Czajkowski, in last year's class and recently offered him a scholarship.

"I haven't really talked to NC State much, but I like the offense they have," said Lalich. "Philip Rivers went there, and I liked him a lot.

Josh Czajkowski

"I haven't visited them yet, but I'm going there this weekend. I'll be in the area for the camp, so I'll check it out and see what they have to offer."

Lalich spoke highly of Czajkowski and his ability as a kicker.

"We're good friends, and he's a big-time kicker," he said. "Josh was suppose to enroll early, but I think something happened with an online course that wouldn't transfer.

"He's around here and all he has been doing is lifting weights. He's huge right now. I think he's up around 200 pounds. As far as kicking, he can do it all."

Lalich hopes to make a decision prior to his senior season.

"I am looking at making my decision early in the summer," he said. "I want to be with my team for my senior year so I want to decide before it starts."

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