New UM QB Commit Brandon Peters on Jim Harbaugh: 'He Compared Me to Andrew Luck'

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystApril 7, 2015

Brandon Peters became the first 2016 recruit to personally commit to Michigan's new coach.
Brandon Peters became the first 2016 recruit to personally commit to Michigan's new coach.Credit: 247Sports

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh revved up recruiting efforts last weekend with three commitments, spurred by a Friday evening pledge from quarterback Brandon Peters.

The 4-star Indiana prospect arrived in Ann Arbor that day following a family spring break trip to Mexico. By the time he stepped on campus, Peters was prepared to become a Wolverine.

"I was ready," he said.

Peters, who previously listed Michigan among his top five options in mid-March, made those intentions known while dining with Harbaugh, Wolverines passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch, his parents and a special guest.

"Coach Jack Harbaugh was there, which was awesome," he said. 

The elder Harbaugh compiled 117 victories as a collegiate head coach and influenced sons—Jim and John—who squared off in the Super Bowl two years ago. He watched with delight as Jim secured his most pivotal 2016 pledge to date.

"It's really special. And getting to do it personally with Harbaugh was great," Peters said. "We were just sitting at dinner, talking about Michigan football, and he brought up my recruitment. He asked, 'How'd you like to come play for us?' I told him I'd love to."

Just like that, the 6'5", 205-pound passer became the first high school junior to commit to Michigan since Jim Harbaugh replaced Brady Hoke in late December.

The former San Francisco 49ers coach drew parallels to his early days at Stanford during discussions with the quarterback.

"He compared me to Andrew Luck," Peters explained. "It's a similar situation to what he had at Stanford, with Luck being the first quarterback recruit he brought in [with a full cycle]. He thinks I'm a really good fit for him at Michigan like Luck was for him there."

Jim Harbaugh inherited a pair of passers in the 2007 Stanford class—signed less than two months after he took over the program—before landing Luck in the 2008 recruiting cycle. The 4-star Texas product developed into an All-American and was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL draft.

Luck and Harbaugh helped usher in a new era at Stanford.
Luck and Harbaugh helped usher in a new era at Stanford.Paul Sakuma/Associated Press

Luck led Peters' favorite football team—the Indianapolis Colts—into postseason contention during each of his first three professional seasons. Considering his longtime fondness for the franchise, Peters was particularly honored by the comparison.

"Luck has a big arm and accuracy, and I think that's what I've got too," he said. "He's also an underrated runner. I think I have that athleticism. I'm not as strong as him yet, but I hope to get there someday."

Peters threw for 1,876 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2014 at Avon High School. He rushed for another 244 yards and five scores.

Rated ninth nationally among pro-style quarterbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings, Peters attracted plenty of attention from across the country. His top-five list also featured Wisconsin, Indiana, Nebraska and LSU.

He ultimately couldn't resist an opportunity to compete with the Wolverines. Peters pointed out Jim Harbaugh's personal achievements as a passer at Michigan and in the NFL as keys to the coach's allure.

"It plays a pretty big factor," he said. "You have a head coach who has experienced it all at the position and can help you progress through your career. It was definitely a big emphasis with Michigan."

Peters stayed in Ann Arbor through Saturday, attending the team's spring game. 

He was elated about the experience at his future home.

"It was a crazy environment. The stadium is just so big and a ton of people showed up for the game," Peters said. "There were some fans who knew who I was, and took pictures with me. I got to sign autographs for a few kids. It was awesome. I love Michigan fans."

They'll love him right back if he ultimately lives up to those lofty Luck comparisons.

For now, Peters is focused on helping the Wolverines secure a top-tier 2016 class.

"I'll definitely be putting in a good word for Michigan with the other recruits and just work to sell the program," Peters said.

Peters mentioned 4-star wide receiver target Desmond Fitzpatrick as a fellow prospect he spent time with during spring game festivities. Fitzpatrick is currently committed to Louisville, but he saw high school teammate David Reese flip from the Cardinals to the Wolverines on Saturday.

With a quality quarterback in place, Michigan can move forward more confidently on the recruiting trail. After a slow start, Jim Harbaugh now holds five commitments in a class that rates 24th nationally in composite rankings.

 

All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue.

Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.