Damien High School senior Bryce Peters admits he has been caught a little off guard by the college recruiting process. He got his first offer as a freshman and it was from UTEP. By the end of his sophomore year he had nine.
But now the Spartans standout has more than 20. Chalk that up to a good showing in travel ball as well as Damien’s run to the Division 3 state championships earlier this spring.
“It has just kind of exploded,” he said. “I am thankful for the opportunities but it has been a little overwhelming at time. My phone is blowing up and it seems like every week there is a new school calling me.”
Peters has gotten a lot of help through the process from his parents, as well uncles Tracy and Cameron Murray.
Peters, a first-team All-Inland Valley and Baseline League selection, has cut his list to six schools – UNLV, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Kansas State and Division I newcomer Grand Canyon.
He has visited Wyoming and Utah and will travel to UNLV next week while Colorado is on the schedule for Sept. 10. He has yet to schedule Kansas State but plans to do so.
He has had unofficial trips to others including USC and Pepperdine and looked around at Cal when the Spartans where there to play in the state title game in March.
He plans to major in architecture so that will play a major role in his decision.
He would also like to play in a program where hard-nosed defense is a focal point.
“I know what hard-nosed, tough defense is,” he said. “You play as much basketball as most college players have and everyone can score. But not everyone can go out there and play great defense.”
As to the rumors that Peters was considering transferring to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas? Well they were true. But Peters decided to stay put, mainly because it his senior year and the talks he had with Mike LeDuc, who replaced Matt Dunn who accepted the same position at St. John Bosco.
With the core of the Spartans title-winning team having graduated, Peters looms as the marquee player.
“If it wasn’t my senior year I probably would have done it,” he said. “But everything works out and I’m excited about this coming season. People are underestimating us because of the players we lost, but we’ll be ready.”