2017-07-13 / Sports

Glen Lake QB leaning toward GVSU

‘About 30’ programs have reached out to three-sport star
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor

CADE PETERSON collected all-county Dream Team honors in three sports — football, basketball and baseball — at Glen Lake as a junior. CADE PETERSON collected all-county Dream Team honors in three sports — football, basketball and baseball — at Glen Lake as a junior. Update: Peterson verbally committed to Grand Valley State on Monday. Read more in the July 20 edition of the Enterprise.

Cade Peterson has looked plenty comfortable in a Lakers uniform since transferring to Glen Lake from Lake City in 2016 — and he might not shed his status as a Laker anytime soon.

Peterson, who solidified his status as a three-sport star this week by completing the all-county Dream Team trifecta (football, basketball and baseball), said Grand Valley State has vaulted to the top of his list of football programs he’d like to play for in 2018.

“Honestly, that’s probably my favorite,” said Peterson, who was an honorable mention all-state quarterback as a junior.

Peterson said he may verbally commit to the Division II powerhouse as soon as he sees a dollar amount on their partial scholarship offer, which could come at some point this summer.

“About 30” schools have reached out to the 6-foot-5 gunslinger since he helped lead Glen Lake to the Division 6 title game in November.

“A lot of it is done through phone calls and Twitter,” Peterson said.

He said the list includes Iowa, “Ivy League schools,” Kentucky, “all the MAC schools,” and Michigan State, among others. Additionally, Peterson said he’s already thrown for Ball State, Eastern Michigan, GVSU, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Western Michigan — and attended a football camp at Michigan State.

The balancing act of throwing for college programs and pitching for the Glen Lake baseball team this spring wore on the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of his right arm, however, leading to a doctor’s decision to “shut it down” on the mound.

Peterson, who moved to third base, still managed to bat .388 and lead all regional hitters in RBI with 42.

“Cade was an outstanding addition to our team this year,” Glen Lake baseball coach Kris Herman said.

The numbers are no surprise considering Peterson’s instant success on the gridiron and hardwood at Glen Lake.

Last fall, he completed 119 of 222 throws for 2,178 yards, 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions while racking up 658 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

He followed up the fall campaign with an impressive basketball season in which he poured in 14.9 points per game and led all Leelanau County players in both dunks and rebounds.

GVSU may be among the smallest schools recruiting the 4.0 student, but coach Matt Mitchell and the Lakers certainly seem to have Peterson’s attention — at least for now.

Peterson, who plans to pay Allendale a visit for a barbecue on Aug. 1, said he’s enjoyed his conversations with Mitchell and his assistant coaches as well as redshirt sophomore Bart Williams, who led all Division II quarterbacks with 45 passing touchdowns last season.

An interesting scenario may arise if Peterson pursues a career at GVSU as he and a former Glen Lake teammate, stud middle linebacker and Saginaw Valley State commit Duke Angers, could potentially go toe-to-toe in the Battle of the Valleys.

That said, a lot could change between now and National Signing Day, which is slated for Feb. 1.

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