When Avon (IN) quarterback Brandon Peters committed to Michigan last April, football coaches and fans alike were excited to say the least. Peters is a four-star recruit and 6th rated pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class. Comparisons by his future coach to Andrew Luck has created quite the buzz around Ann Arbor. The 6’4”, 209lbs Peters appears to be the future at the quarterback position for Michigan.
With a scholarship offer in hand heading into his senior season, one might think Peters could afford to take a break, even if for a snap or two. This was not the case, Peters led Avon High School to their first regional title in a decade, while throwing for 3,103 yards, 37 touchdowns and only 5 Interceptions. He was named Mr. Football in the state of Indiana, and one of six finalists for the Maxwell Award; given to the nation’s top high school football player.
Satisfied does not seem to be a word in Peters vocabulary. Given the opportunity to enroll early, and miss opportunities an ordinary kid his age would be doing he took it, but then again Peters is no ordinary kid. During the recruiting process, Harbaugh compared Peters to his best student to date in Andrew Luck. Luck under Harbaugh at the University of Stanford became a Heisman Trophy candidate and No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. “He’s a winner,” very similar in stature, but most of all a natural at playing the game of football,” Harbaugh said.
When it comes to developing a player, time is as important as most anything with the exception of coaching, although the two go hand-in-hand. Peter’s ability to be enrolled at the University of Michigan early gives him a head start in just about every facet of being a student-athlete. Opportunities to become acclimated with the academic side prior to spring ball has more benefits than one might think. Throw in the weights, playbook, work ethic, and availability to this coaching staff; We just might have a future star on our hands.
Peters has all the talent in the world to be the next Andrew Luck. However, Peters needs to add more muscle on his lean frame and improve his technique. I fully expect Peters to redshirt for the 2016 season and in the 2017 class he will be ready to battle against O’Korn for the starting spot.