March 8, 2011

Army commit Peterson takes a closer look at West Point

Yes, hard hitting linebacker Jake Peterson has been on campus before and yes, he has seen the Black Knights play up close and personal. However, most of that experience came as Army starting center, Zach Peterson's younger brother.

This time around and although he has already committed to Army, it was his time to receive the red carpet official visit package, that normally unfolds for Army prospects, in the month of January.

"I came in on Sunday night and left today," Peterson shared this afternoon. His scheduled departure won't allow him to take in tomorrow evening's Black - Gold Spring Game, but he received a pocket full of information during 48 hour visit.

Upon his arrival on Sunday, he was dropped off at the Thayer Hotel, where he subsequently connected with his player host, Jarrett Mackey and Coach Clarence Holmes, along with a very familiar face.

"My brother also joined us that first night and then on Monday we toured the school, met with Major King who talked us through all the academic stuff," says Peterson. "We had a chance to see practice, which I watched with my brother. It was interesting to see a college practice and the fast pace it run at … it was real interesting. I was looking at the linebackers and see what they were doing."

Peterson, who is a welcome addition to the 2011 class was able to unwind with a few of the players as they headed out to at the Outback.

"I went out with the same crew … Bill Prosko was hosting another recruit and A-Rod came as well, along with my brother. My brother was talking me through as we were walking around campus as well as when we were at practice … he was good to have around."

But Peterson did not hesitate to acknowledge the impact that his recruiting coach had throughout the entire courtship and so it was great to reconnect with him on his visit.

"My time with Coach Holmes was great," he says. "He has made this process real easy and has been a great recruiting coach for sure."

Peterson stated that he concluded his visit with a brief moment with the Army's mentor, Coach Rich Ellerson. "He came to the hotel one last time and we headed out to the airport," said the 6-foot2, 225 pound linebacker, who also declared that he is anxious to get started.

"I'm all set and ready to go. We saw the prep school they are building there (West Point) and they are sounding like it's going to be ready when we get there."

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