The Wolverine

March 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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2016 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ISSUE BY BRANDON BROWN Avon (Ind.) High quarterback Brandon Peters is already enrolled at Michigan, going through winter workouts and prepping for spring football. The 6-5, 210-pounder 's tal- ent was identified early by Jim Har- baugh, and he was even compared by the coach himself to his former star s i g n a l - c a l l e r a t Stanford. " [ I r e m e m b e r watching] when A n d r e w [ L u c k ] was a junior in high school, I saw a lot of similar things in Brandon — a natural player, not over-coached or over-mechani- cal," Harbaugh ex- plained at Signing of the Stars. "He was naturally out there playing. Hit- ting receivers, running, making first downs and leading his team." The Luck comparison is no doubt lofty, but when Harbaugh speaks this way about a player, people lis- ten. Peters is a four-star prospect and was Mr. Football in Indiana after a senior season where he completed 218 of 363 passes (60.1 percent) for 3,103 yards with 37 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also added four rushing touchdowns during his final prep season. A v o n h e a d coach Mark Bless has seen Peters perform for years and knew he'd be something special, even before he was a starting quarter- back. "When he started for us as a sopho- more, he definitely earned the right to be on the field because he had to beat out a very good senior," Bless explained. "Some of the things that he could do on the field by extend- ing plays using his athletic ability, let alone making a lot of throws, stood out. "He also just has a drive and a competitive edge inside of himself that stuck out, even as a sophomore." Peters was the No. 6 pro-style quar- terback and No. 158 overall prospect nationally, and was considered the No. 3 player in Indiana coming out of high school. He's been on campus for The Quarterback Position Is In Good Hands With Brandon Peters Peters was named Mr. Football in Indiana after throwing for 3,103 yards and 37 touchdowns with only five inter- ceptions as a senior. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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