May 5, 2010

Colorado State still in the picture for Peters

There is little question La Mirada (Calif.) offensive tackle Bryan Peters is enjoying the recruiting process. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle holds six scholarship offers and is hearing from some of the biggest schools in the country. It is enough to keep him excited as well as humbled.

"It is unbelievable," Peters said. "It seems like every day it is a new school. Schools just keep emailing, the calls keep coming. It is exciting, it is flattering. It is awesome... I got a call from Notre Dame and they are coming up in two weeks. That is pretty exciting."

Peters holds scholarship offers from Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado State, Wyoming, New Mexico and Florida State. He said he also thinks Kansas State, BYU, Maryland, BC, Arkansas, Michigan and Georgia Tech may offer a scholarship down the road.

Peters was an All-CIF selection for La Mirada High School, which won the CIF title last year. Peters claims a 5.1 time in the 40-yard dash, a bench press of 310 pounds, a squat of 450 and a 3.9 grade-point average.

Peters said he doesn't believe distance will be a factor in his decision and he has already taken a spring break visit to North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke. He is also putting together his list of camp priorities for the summer.

Educationally, Peters said he is looking for a major in either Engineering or Business Law. He is also making finding a strong academic school a priority.

"The first ting I am going to look at is an education," Peters said. "Football is not forever. I look at the school's tradition. Florida State has big-time tradition. I want a hard-nosed coach. I play for a coach now who if you mess up, they get in your face and that is what I want in college."

On the field, Peters said he is looking for a team that runs the ball, although he is willing to play in a passing system as well. He said he is being recruited as an offensive linemen in general and not necessarily a tackle or guard. Peters added he isn't in any hurry to name a leader for his services.

"It is still early," Peters said. "There are still schools I am talking to for the first time. There is no leader yet and no timeframe yet for a decision. There could be a big offer that comes and I take an offer that comes and maybe I'll go for a visit and if it just feels right, I'll commit."

The Colorado State Rams have been sending hand-written letters to the California big man and the interest is mutual.

"I am interested," Peters said. "I am honored to have an offer from them so early. Their program is nothing but improved. I am still considering them. I talk to their recruiting coordinator at first, but he gave me the offensive line coach's number and I have been talking to him mainly."

"They have a nice campus, nice area and the Mountain West is a big conference. It is a big-time program."

Peters also handicapped the other schools he is looking that have offered him a scholarship as well.

"Florida State, just the tradition there. The ACC is a huge conference. Getting an offer from across the country is big. I was looking at the New Mexico recruiting classes the last couple years and they get big-time players. I think in the next few years they will get better. Wyoming is nothing but improved too. I watched their Bowl game over Fresno State. That was pretty big. I talked to their offensive line coach too. He is a great guy.

"Nevada - I think they had three running backs rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. Playing for a run-oriented team - I would like pounding the ball and that is a place I could do it. Hawaii made it to a BCS bowl a couple years ago and I want to take them to another one."

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