January 23, 2011

LB, Peterson says he's ready to commit to the Black Knights

Linebacker Jake Peterson is one of several 2011 recruits who has sibling connections to the Army football program.
There is safety Joshua Trimble, who has narrowed his choices down to Army, Virginia Tech and Buffalo. Then you have defensive lineman Derrick Luetjen and now Peterson, who's brother Zach was the mainstay on the Black Knights' offensive line this past season.

Although Trimble and Luetjen could eventually become members of Army's 2011 recruiting class, for Peterson there is no doubt where he wants to play football and attend college. For the 6-foot-2, 230 linebacker, it is all about becoming a Black Knight and attending West Point.

"I actually talk to coach Holmes today and they have sent my paper work to the board …. It's looking pretty good (acceptance into West Point)," Peterson said this afternoon. "Yes sir, I am ready to commit."

As you can imagine, having a brother at West Point has allotted Peterson the opportunity to see the campus on several occasion, but also receiving firsthand knowledge of the pros and cons of the historical institution, as well as the make-up of the football program.

"I have been there to watch Zach play, but took an unofficial visit for the Temple game," says Peterson of his time spent this season on camps, as well as taking in some of Army's off campus games. "I was also at the Duke and Navy game to watch my brother."

So should Peterson extend his pledge to Ellerson and the Army staff, where does he project his position will be in the Black Knights' defensive scheme … Inside or outside linebacker?

"They have talked about outside and inside linebacker, but I really don't care … I just want to be there and play," he declares, as he continues to describe the linebacker in college that he likes to emulate.

"I really like how Steve Erzinger of Army plays," Peterson says. "I think I be like him one day and get my body to play like him."

Peterson stated that his best forty time was registered at 4.72, but he will be working hard to improve that area of his game. "I'm working out to get it down to a 4.6 and I will be attending a speed program down here," he says.

The linebacker out of Newnam (GA) Northgate High School is also hearing Army rival, Navy.

"I heard from Navy yesterday and they say they will be getting back to me within a week about an offer or not," concludes Peterson, who by midweek, could be an Army Black Knight … something that he is looking forward to proclaiming.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Peterson's recruiting all the way through National Signing Day.

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