June 7, 2011
Future Black Knight, Jake Peterson is set to go!
Linebacker Jake Peterson
The temperature in Georgia was 94 today, and by the end of the weekend it's expected to top out at 97.
But Jake Peterson remains focused. And, despite having six-plus weeks before reporting to the U.S. Military Academy Prep School, he's ready to report right now, sir.
"If I had to report tomorrow I'd be ready to go,'' the linebacker said. "But I'm enjoying my few weeks here in the summer. But I'm ready to go.''
He is ready to go where his brother has already been.
Zach Peterson attended USMAPS before his four-year career at West Point. The former center will be able to continue giving his little brother advice since his first assignment after graduation is as an assistant coach for the prep.
"He's taken me through a few of my workouts,'' Jake said from his home in the town of Newman. "He said to keep an open mind when I report and continue to work hard. He said it's going to be a grind, but in the end it will pay off.''
For now Jake continues to work out pretty much every day. Sometimes twice a day. He lifts and does agility work, and then does what he calls military work, doing pushups, situps, pullups and running two miles at a time.
"But my main focus is football,'' said Peterson, who's dropped about five pounds and is down to 220. He is 6-foot-2.
Peterson committed over the winter, selecting the Black Knights primarily over the Naval Academy. He also considered a couple of smaller colleges in his home state.
"This is the best school in the nation,'' he said at the time. "I get to play Division I football and get the best education.''
He has made friends with about a half dozen future teammates, communicating on Facebook. He said he has no real sense as to the overall talent of his class.
"I've seen some highlight videos, but I really haven't seen them play so you really don't know. But I'm sure we'll have a lot of good talent,'' Peterson said. "I've heard some good things from up (at West Point).''
As for what he'll bring to the program, Peterson said, "I love to stuff the run, I like to hit hard, and I play fast.''
Even in the brutal heat and humidity. "Oh, man, it's been hot down here, it feels like 100 right now,'' he said. "It's crazy-hot.''
And there's no break in sight for this guy. No vacation, he said, no days floating down a river on a tube.
"No,'' he said. "I'm just getting ready for West Point.''
Peterson will joining a host of top quality defensive talent that will be making their way to the prep school; Defensive ends, such 3-star prospect Ryan Alexander, along with Jalen Rosales just to name two. At defensive tackle, you have the likes of 6-foot-3, 295 pound Tyrone Brown, along the Peterson himself making up part of the linebacker roster.
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