Lancaster Standouts Await Offers

Lancaster stars Jordan Rolland (left) and Bryan Peake should get plenty of recruiting attention in the coming weeks. Check out what's going on so far.

If Bryan Peake did his job well, that made Jordon Rolland's task that much easier.

Things worked out pretty darn well for both Lancaster High School football players, two of the standouts for John Hoch's perennial state contenders.

Although recruiting action hasn't been heavy so far for these seniors, things should heat up in the coming weeks.

Loras College, an NCAA Division 3 program in Dubuque, Iowa, visited with them earlier this week and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference member UW-Platteville was scheduled to do the same Friday, so one would think that other league members and potentially a few D-2 schools will come calling down the road.

The 5-foot-11-inch, 185-pound Rolland quarterbacked the Flying Arrows the past two seasons, earning honorable mention and first-team all-conference recognition, respectively, after getting second-team laurels at wide receiver as a sophomore.

And it's at the latter position where Rolland assumes he'll get his crack in college, a switcheroo that he's looking forward to if it secures him the right opportunity.

"My guess is that most schools will want me to play receiver," Rolland said. "And that's where I'd like to play. Playing quarterback meant I had to know what everybody was supposed to do on every play, including blocking assignments. I had to read every level of the defense. So, that should help me at receiver, especially in getting on the same page with whoever the quarterback will be. I need to work on my footwork, but it won't be foreign to me because I also practiced there quite often."

Rolland has the athletic ability to make an easy transition, having played on the varsity basketball team since he was a freshman while also competing in track.

North Dakota State and WIAC foes Eau Claire, La Crosse and Stevens Point are among the other colleges that have contacted Rolland, whose brother Nate and half-brother Matt played football at Luther College (Iowa).

Rolland will be sending tapes out shortly, so activity should pick up for the prospective business major. Regardless of what happens, Rolland said he wants to keep an open mind during the sometimes grueling process.

Bryan Peake

"I'm getting a little anxious, but I want to be patient and take my time," Rolland said. "I haven't scheduled a bunch of visits, but I know what to expect because my brothers went through all of this stuff. I prefer to play at a higher level, but it depends on if I like the campus and everything else. You have a better chance of playing sooner at a lower level, but I'll work hard to play as soon as possible wherever I go."

Peake also expressed a willingness to weather out the recruiting process, which is appropriate because the 6-2, 280-pounder wants to study meteorology.

"I've received stuff from Eau Claire and La Crosse and heard from a couple of D-2 schools in Minnesota," said Peake. "I'm just letting people come to me and I'm willing to take a look at anybody and listen to what they have to offer."

Peake started at guard on Lancaster's state championship team as a sophomore and was a first-team all-league performer the past two seasons, garnering offensive lineman of the year honors in 2008. He participated in the shot put and discus his first two years as a prepster but will play baseball for a second consecutive year next spring.

The first baseman said conditioning and weightlifting will be the focus of his wintertime workouts should the right college opportunity come along.

"I've definitely gotta get back into the weight room," Peake said. "That helps my performance because I felt like this past season that no one could stop me from blocking them and pushing them over. But I still only focused on a 5-yard area, so I need to improve in space and getting down field.

"But I'm still undecided about playing football at the next level," Peake added. "First and foremost comes my education. Being a student-athlete in college is a huge commitment. But as I said, I'll listen to what anybody has to offer."

Peake and Rolland should be doing plenty of listening before making their decisions.


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