2017-07-20 / Sports

Peterson verbally commits to GVSU

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE quarterback Cade Peterson (4) verbally committed to Grand Valley State on Monday. GLEN LAKE quarterback Cade Peterson (4) verbally committed to Grand Valley State on Monday. The nation’s all-time winningest college football program celebrated another win this week with an early addition to its 2019 recruiting class.

Glen Lake quarterback Cade Peterson verbally accepted a partial scholarship offer from Grand Valley State on Monday in a phone conversation with GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell and two members of his staff.

About 30 schools had shown interest in Peterson, a 6-foot-5 Lake City transfer who guided Glen Lake to an appearance in the Division 6 final as a junior last fall. A number of NCAA Division I schools had shown interest, he said.

“People wanted me to go to a DI. I wanted to go to Grand Valley,” he said on Tuesday. “I don’t care about the size of the school. They’re successful. It’s a great staff. It’s a perfect location.”

The three-sport standout said GVSU coaches will look to use his early commitment as a building block for the 2019 recruiting class. Their level of commitment in the recruiting process was a big sell, he said, although he had been leaning toward the perennial powerhouse for some time.

Trips to Allendale to see a game and attend a basketball camp have had Peterson hooked for years.

Communication via text with some of the quarterbacks currently on the GVSU roster — which features a junior, two redshirt sophomores and a redshirt freshman — made him feel even more comfortable.

The junior, Bart Williams, led all NCAA Division II passers with 45 touchdown throws last fall. Peterson said Williams went through a similar situation in his recruiting process before he committed. Both turned down offers from FCS schools.

Why did Peterson commit so early?

“Part of the reason I was so eager to find the right school and make that decision earlier was I want my senior season to be about my high school teammates and my high school team,” he said. “I don’t want to focus on my future school. I want to play with my friends. All the pressure’s off.”

Peterson, who is working at Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor this summer, certainly appears primed for another big season as a senior.

Last year, his first at Glen Lake, 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 later landed honorable mention all-state laurels following Glen Lake’s 11-3 campaign.

“I’m happy for him,” said Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers, whose son committed to Saginaw Valley State in January. “The recruiting process is taxing on these kids. This will give him the ability to have fun his senior year.”

This fall, the fun will start when the Lakers kick off the 2017 campaign with an Aug. 24 contest at Kingsley.

From there, Peterson will join a Lakers program that has posted an alltime record of 383-138-3, which is good enough for a winning percentage of .7338 — the highest in college football. Michigan (935-334-36) and Notre Dame (894-320-42) rank second and third with winning percentages of .7303 and .7285, respectively.

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