Peters Has Plenty of Options

The Notre Dame coaching staff has been keeping an eye on Jason Peters of Catholic high school (Baton Rogue, La.) for some time.'s No.35 rated defensive end has plenty of big-time scholarship offers, but he is keeping his options open.

Jason Peters (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) has complete his high school career and he will now turn his attention to recruiting and shorting out this differences in the top programs that are pursuing him. Notre Dame is one of those schools and they're trying to make their case.

"I've learned a great deal about the school, and about their tradition," Peters replied when asked about Notre Dame. "It's a great place. And hopefully I get a chance to see it.

"Notre Dame hasn't been out to visit, not to my knowledge. The coaches usually call me first and give me a date. We've mentioned [an official visit] and we've talked about a few dates, but I need to make sure that of my trips in January.

"I'm [took] one this weekend to Georgia Tech," Peters said. "It's a great balance of academics and athletics. I took a trip to Georgia Tech over the summer. It was an unofficial visit. My family and I did a tour of a few schools and I really liked what I saw there.

Peters is looking to schedule visits to Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas and Florida, but at this time he does not have any scheduled.

"Unfortunately I don't think I'll be making any more trips [in December]," Peters said. "I have exams the following Monday and I don't want to jeopardize my exams for a visit.

"All of them offer a great opportunity to get a degree in whatever field that I want to get into. It's just that I need to see where I feel most comfortable and where I feel is the best place for me.

"Distance doesn't concern me as much as my parents. For me distance isn't an issue," he said. "Playing time isn't necessarily a big thing for me either. I know wherever I go that I'm going to have to beat someone out for a position. So I'll just have to be ready to compete when I get on campus."

Peters said that most schools were recruiting him to play defensive end. He understands the transition to college will be difficult, but he believes he will be able to compete.

"I have good size and I have the potential to get bigger," Peters explained. "Where I play will all depend on what the college coaches want to do with me. The guys in college would have a bit of an experience edge because they've been playing longer, and they've had more time in the weight room. I just want to get as fast as I can and as strong as I can.

I need to get my technique down to an art and a reaction, so that I have a chance to compete with everyone when I get to college." Top Stories