Peter Lalich, QB, 6'5, 230, 4.8, SPRINGFIELD (WEST HS), VIRGINIA:
Peter Lalich is one of the best pure passers in the country, and the fact he can throw any pass with authority has college recruiters taking a close look from coast-to-coast. Lalich broke into the starting line-up at quarterback last season after playing wide receiver his freshman and sophomore years, but he always knew that he would be a quarterback.
"I was the biggest kid on the field," said Lalich. "So they just threw me on the field at wide receiver, because the coaches knew I could go up and get the ball. We had another good quarterback on our team and he made all-region my sophomore year. I actually started ahead of him for three games and we went undefeated for those games, but I dove into the end zone during our third game and I hurt my throwing arm. I had a small separation and they put the other quarterback back in. Then I went back in at wide receiver and I dove for a ball at practice and hurt my shoulder worse. When I finally got healthy they were going to be put me back in at quarterback, but the other quarterback couldn't play any other positions so I just stayed at receiver and he stayed at quarterback."
"I had great confidence going into last season at quarterback," said Lalich. "We had a rough start because we lost our running back, which forced us to throw 60 times a game. We started out 0-3 and we were losing games 45-40 and stuff like that. Then when our running back returned to the line-up we started to play a lot better. In one game when he was out I was 32-for-55 for 500 and we still lost."
Lalich, who was once on the powerlifting team, can bench 335 pounds, squats 450 and he has posted a 30-inch vertical jump. At one time weighed 250 pounds when he was playing wide receiver, but now says he is much better shape and conditioned.
"Yeah, I worked to get in better shape and to improve my athletic ability," said Lalich. "I used to just run in a straight line and I had no agility. I have worked hard on that I haven't run a 40 in a long time, but I think I would run much faster than the time I say all the time. I can't remember the last time I ran a 40."
Lalich works out of a spread offense in high school, but what kind of offense is he looking to run in college.
"I will play for any team that has some athletes to throw to," said Lalich. "I want some options on offense. Most teams are balanced in college and throw the ball at least half the time, so I don't worry so much about formation. It is more about programs and what that program is doing on offense."
Lalich has been offered by 10 schools thus far and next week he expects to get several more offers.
"I just got off the phone with Coach (Josh) Heupel at Oklahoma," said Lalich. "He is coming out to see my on May 2nd. They are one of the best programs in the country and it seems they always have a great quarterback and a great offense. I know that Jason White had two of the best years for a quarterback recently in college football history. I have an interest and a curiosity about OU. If they offered they would be in my top two. I am really only considering schools that have offered, so until they offer I can't really consider them. I want to consider them and I hope they offer.
"I like Virginia right now. I would say it would be them and Michigan right now. I used to like UCLA and Miami, but they have signed or committed some great quarterbacks already. I am still talking to a lot of different schools. Vanderbilt came to my school today and they had a pretty good quarterback last year, didn't they?"
Lalich has just taken his SAT, but he is not going to have any problem qualifying.
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