Jake Peterson has been looking up to his brother for years, and over the weekend he was finally, if unofficially, able to look at him eye to eye.
The younger Peterson gave a verbal commitment to the Army football program over the weekend, and will join his brother at the prep school this coming summer.
Zach Peterson, who started at center for the Black Knights the past two years, will report to USMAPS as an assistant coach this upcoming season. He will be quite familiar with one of the kids trying out at linebacker.
"He probably had a real big impact on my decision,'' Jake said Sunday evening. "I got to see the whole process, how he came out, and he came out real great.
"We're really close. We talk maybe two or three times a week. He's really a good role model for me.''
Jake, 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, played only on the defensive side of the football this past high school season. Like his older brother he played for Northgate, in the town of Newnan, Geo.
Jake chose Army over the Naval Academy, as well as Georgia Southern and West Georgia State.
I've been watching them the last five years, and they've come a long way,
It was real exciting watching the bowl game, and it's exciting to think you're going to play for Army. They're on the rise for sure.
- Army commit, Jake Peterson
He saw Army play football three times in person this past season, against Duke, Temple and Navy, and saw pretty much the rest of the games on TV. "I've been watching them the last five years, and they've come a long way,'' he said. "It was real exciting watching the bowl game, and it's exciting to think you're going to play for Army. They're on the rise for sure.''
His official visit has not taken place yet, but it's certainly not as if he hasn't been on campus before. "This is the best school in the nation,'' he said. "I get to play Division I football and get the best education.''
Although he projects to play on the opposite side of the ball than his brother, he's quite flexible. "I don't care where I play,'' he said.
"Wherever they need me I'll go.''
He played on the inside in high school, but could wind up as an outside LB. "I like to stuff the run, I like to hit hard, and I play fast,'' is how he puts it.
He also likes the idea that the pursuit of doing all of that on the college level has finally been completed. "It's definitely a weight off my shoulders,'' he said. "It feels good to know where you're going and start preparing to get bigger, stronger and faster.''
Just like it was for his big brother.
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