The Very Versatile Lakewood (Marysville) ATH Justin Peterson

When you talk about multi-talented athletes, the conversation must always include Lakewood (Marysville, Wa.) ATH Justin Peterson who did almost everything for Cougars this past season and is already drawing interest from colleges across the region…

“I’ve visited a few schools who invited me out to games and to see their campuses,” Peterson told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I’ve visited Montana and UCLA, while Washington State invited me out to all of their home games this past year and I’ve been to see Eastern Washington and Central (Washington).”

As a sophomore in 2010 Peterson put up big numbers as a wideout, leading his team with 42 receptions while racking up 632 yards and a team leading nine touchdowns. This past fall the talented athlete moved back to quarterback and helped lead the Cougars to a 10-2 record. He completed 57% of his passes for 1,123 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while rushing for 701 yards and a team-leading 18 touchdowns , also hauling in 16 receptions for 350 yards and five scores.

When you look at that productivity and his multiple talents on offense, combined with the fact that he also led his team with six interceptions while posting 62 tackles (42 solo) from his defensive back position, you are talking about a player who could play almost anywhere on the field at the next level.

“Most schools have been talking to me about coming in as an athlete and I’ve always sorta thought of myself as more of a receiver, but I think this offseason with my work at quarterback I could play quarterback if I improve my arm-strength and my footwork,” Peterson said. “I get out and throw with my teammates at least once a week, but it’s usually twice and we lift together a lot. We’re all working hard getting ready for the season and we think we have a chance”

At 6’1″, 182 pounds, Peterson is a sturdily built athlete who is explosive enough to post a 4.5 forty time while currently leading the state with a 6’4″ high-jump and a 44″4′ triple jump. Aside from his physical skills though, Peterson is an outstanding leader and someone who takes things very seriously when he steps on the field.

“I’m always trying to study film and work on things,” Peterson said. “I want to be the best I can be and maximize my talents. I’ve always wanted the ball in my hands and I’m a leader. I’m not always the most vocal guy, but when we need someone to speak up, I do that and have no problem letting guys know how I feel and saying what needs to be said.”

Peterson said he expects to hit at least one of the Barton Combines in the coming weeks, likely the one at Issaquah High School in May. We will have more from him in the coming weeks and months and will update news as it happens. Justin Peterson Highlights