DITR : LB Asher Peterson Althoff Catholic High School (Belleville, Illinois)

Asher Peterson is a student-athlete from Althoff Catholic High School, showcases his prowess as an outside linebacker, standing at 6 feet tall and weighing 215 lbs. His performance during the season was notable, tallying 62 tackles, tying for third on the team, and securing 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery. Analysis of his game film reveals Asher’s relentless motor and exceptional defensive pursuit skills, distinguishing him as a formidable presence on the field. His contributions is one of many that help pave the way to help Althoff make a strong playoff run last season.

What are some things you have overcome in life?

” When I was seven years old, I faced the challenge of coping with the loss of my grandfather. He was not only a beloved family member but also someone who shared my passion for football. I have fond memories of him eagerly listening to stories about my practices and games, whether they were told by my mom or me. The moments when he traveled from Florida to watch me play were especially cherished. To me, my grandfather was more than just a relative; he served as a father figure, and our strong bond over football made our relationship incredibly special.

Even though he’s no longer with us, I carry his memory with me every time I step onto the field. As a reminder of his love and support, I wear a chain adorned with his image around my neck. It serves as a constant reminder of the bond we shared and the impact he had on my life.”

What are your biggest accomplishments?

” Starting varsity for all four years of high school stands as my most significant accomplishment. It’s a rarity for athletes to secure a starting position, let alone maintain it for the entirety of their high school career. Those who achieve this feat are undoubtedly among the elite players in their sport.”

What player do you compare yourself to and why?

” I find myself drawing parallels between Fred Warner’s playing style and mine, particularly in his explosive vertical jump and relentless pursuit of the ball carrier. His tenacity and ability to make crucial tackles resonate with me. However, I also recognize the uniqueness of my own playing style, which makes it challenging to compare myself to others.”

What are your plans once you’re done with football and why?

” Leaving from football is not in my plans. In fact, I envision a future where I transition into coaching high school football once my playing days come to a close. Becoming a mentor for young men is a goal close to my heart. I believe that many football players see their coaches as more than just instructors of the game; they look up to them as guides who impart valuable life lessons. Coaching would allow me to make a positive impact on the next generation, both on and off the field.”

What are some goals you have for yourself, and your team next season?

“I think a goal I have for next season is just to be the best all around player in my positions as outside linebacker and long snapper. For our team we are going to state! believe that we can become state champs for 1A…and as a football program we are going to continue to develop our fan base and strong traditions.”

What do you like about the sport of football and how is it significant to you?

“I would say the thing I like about football the most is that the other players are going to be my brothers for life. I like all the emotions and the adrenaline rush I feel. The game of football really bonds your teammates together. Football is significant in my life because without football where would I be? Football is a big reason why I keep my grades up, it keeps my spirit up and I miss it when it’s gone.”

What is an interesting fact about you outside of football?

” An intriguing aspect of my life outside of football is my dietary path. I was raised as a vegetarian until high school, where I was finally given the freedom to choose what I wanted to eat.”

What is your dream school?

” Florida State University is my dream school! With my mom being an alumna, I’ve always felt a strong connection to FSU. I’m drawn to the rich traditions of their football team, the grandeur of their stadium, and the significant role that the football program plays within the entire school community. Go Noles!”

What position do you enjoy playing the most and why?

“As crazy as this sounds, I love playing the position of running back. I love the idea of getting away from people and probably enjoy it because in my football career overall I have always been prioritized as a defensive player. My limited time on offense has generally been as a center in my younger years. So just to get the opportunity to play a different position is energizing.”

What are some ways your coaches have helped you?

“I’ve always viewed my coaches as more than just mentors; they’ve been like father figures to me. There’s a deep desire within me to prove myself to them and earn their recognition, much like a child strives to impress their father. This drive to gain their respect and admiration has been a significant motivator for me throughout my journey.”

What colleges have you received any offers or interest from if any and what is your dream college to play for?

“I’ve been fortunate to receive interest from a number of colleges, particularly LIU and the University of St. Thomas. However, I’m eager to expand the reach of my highlight reel in order to attract even more attention from coaches and demonstrate my athletic skills for their programs.”