By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 3, 2014) – Tuscarora High School senior Anders Peterson has committed to join head coach Buddy Teevens and his staff at Dartmouth College where he will play football beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.“As soon as I visited campus, the question was over,” said the 6-foot-6 Peterson. “Dartmouth is the school for me. It already feels like home. The recruiting process is quite hectic, and I’m relieved to have it behind me.”
Peterson stated Teevens and his staff as a major reason he decided the Division I Big Green were going to be his home for the next four years.
“The experience I had with their coaches reminds me in many ways of my high school coaches at Tuscarora, who I admire greatly,” Peterson said. “While visiting campus I got the feel that it is a special place with awesome people that truly love what they are doing.”
Located in New Hampshire, Dartmouth is in the Ivy League and considered a top-ranked school in the academic realm.
“On the academic side, it’s hard to beat an undergraduate education like Dartmouth,” Peterson said. “The faculty is dedicated in giving every undergraduate an unparalleled opportunity at success. I’m blessed to have such an amazing opportunity ahead of me, and I feel extremely thankful for everyone who helped me get here.”
Peterson noted he wants to make an impact right away for the Big Green who finished the season 6-4 including a 5-2 record in the Ivy League. On Nov. 23, Dartmouth played its final game of the season, and with the help of Heritage graduate Chris Aguemon, knocked off Princeton which was previously unbeaten in the conference.
“What I hope to add to the Big Green team is a player who will help lead Dartmouth to an Ivy League championship,” said Peterson who will play offensive tackle for the Big Green. “I will add a new level of height to the O-Line as well as a player experienced in zone and power schemes. With years of explosive lifting under my belt, I am confident in my drive blocking abilities. I’m quick on my feet and take deliberate steps that will give me an advantage over my competitors.”
Peterson credited Tuscarora head coach Michael Burnett with getting him started in the game of football and getting him to truly love the sport. In four seasons as the Huskies’ lead man Burnett has led Tuscarora to a 33-14 record.
“Coach Burnett is the best coach in Loudoun County, no questions asked. He has truly turned nothing into something,” Peterson said. “He took a huge risk in coming to coach for Tuscarora, and there’s no doubt he has created something special.
“He is the type of man and type of father who I hope to be like someday. He works harder than anyone else I know. He cares less about football and more about creating good young men. Tuscarora is not a team but a family because of who these men are and the atmosphere they have created.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!