Early Decision?

Springfield (Va.) quarterback Peter Lalich (6-5, 227, 4.8) said he's unfazed about all the offers and attention he's receiving from schools country-wide. He said he wants to avoid get wrapped up in the recruiting process.

"I really don't think about it at all, " Lalich said, "I get so much stuff in the mail from all these different schools, that I don't even open them anymore. I don't want to worry about any of that…I just want to play football."

The four-star quarterback from West Springfield High School said he has written offers from Michigan, UCLA, Miami, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Maryland, North Carolina State and his home-town school, Virginia. He is also being recruited by USC, Florida State, Notre Dame, California and Florida—none have offered yet.

"My top five right now are probably Virginia, Miami, UCLA, Michigan and North Carolina State, not in any order," Lalich said. "If Cal, USC or Florida State gave me an offer, they would definitely be pretty high up in my top five."

"Cal was the first school I really liked growing up. I attended a football camp there when I was in eighth grade. The campus is great and I know I would have no problem moving there. I'm a West Coast kind of guy. I've been there a lot. My QB coach lives in California, so I go out there every month for my workouts. I'm planning on taking a visit to Cal next month."

The Cavaliers also have a strong shot. "Life after football…that's what I like about UVA. I know I will get a great education there," Lalich said. "I've talked with the coaches a lot, especially Coach (Mike) Groh. They've told me I have the chance to come in as their No.1 guy and start next year.

"I really like Miami and the tradition there. I've been down to see the campus and it is really beautiful," the Virginia native said. "I've talked with both Coach (Todd) Berry and Coach (Larry) Coker a lot. They've told me I could be the next great Hurricane quarterback and that I could see some playing time as a freshman."

Lalich said that Virginia, Miami and UCLA have been most consistent in their recruiting efforts. "UCLA is recruiting me hard. Coach (Karl) Dorrell told me that I'm the first out-of-state QB they've offered," Lalich said. "The campus is beautiful and I really love the area in general. My cousin lives in Westwood, right by UCLA. I've been out to visit him a few times and got to see the campus.

"Michigan is another great school I like. I really like the coaches there. They run a very good offense…like pro-style," Lalich said. "I've talked with all the coaches there a lot. They've pretty much told me that the QB coming in right now will be a four-year starter. Also, I like that a lot of Michigan QBs go to the NFL.

"Im thinking about North Carolina State too. They've come to my school the most," he said. "They started looking at me and talking to my coaches my sophomore year when Coach (Dick) Portee came to my school to recruit kicker Josh Czajkowski. Since then, I've talked to them a lot," he said. "I think the program is really good and (QB) Philip Rivers went there."

Lalich said Florida is recruiting him the hardest. "I get text messages from them everyday during school saying stuff like ‘Good Gator morning!' I'm always getting into trouble because of it. My dad went to Florida and thinks that I would really like the Gators. He doesn't care if I go somewhere else though."

Lalich said he will be going to the Scout.com combine in North Carolina (March 26) and the L.A. Nike Elite combine (April 14).

"Right now, I don't know if I'm going to take any official visits or not. I want to commit as early as I can because there are only so many QB spots available."

Final junior (5-5) stats: 2700 passing yds/25 TDs

Bench: 185/Squat: 420/Power Clean: 315

Lalich reports a core 3.2 GPA/April first-time SAT.


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