Trip home provides lesson for Peters

SEATTLE - Marcus Peters has been spending time around McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., "since he was a baby."

With his father, Michael, coaching at the school, the program has been an integral part of the cornerback's life for a long as he can remember. His experiences there helped shape the player and person he has become.

While visiting home this summer, he often stopped by his alma mater. His trips to McClymonds taught him a valuable lesson.

"There are guys underneath me who look up to me," he said.

After Peters' play last season vaulted him into the national conversation, the junior didn't let talk of an NFL future cloud the opportunity in front of him in 2014. Giving back at home helped keep him grounded.

"It's something that will never leave me, so it's always a good feeling to go back and help out at home," Peters said.

Fueled by those who look up to him in Oakland, Peters is determined to continue to mature as a player, while making sure he stays true to the ideals instilled in him by his parents.

"I just like to be me all the time," Peters said. "That's one thing my parents always taught me, never change who I am as a person."

Washington's defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake talked to Peters about what it takes to be a both a great player and teammate before the start of fall camp. From technique and communication to making plays when it counts, Peters is striving to "stay on top of my game."

The attention around Peters has continued into camp after being named to several preseason watch lists but, while he appreciates the publicity, he is focused on the season.

"It doesn't get to me at all," he said. "I still have a season to play with my brothers. We're going to take it from Game 1. We play Hawaii in three weeks, and we want to take it from there.

"It feels good to get some recognition but, for me, I haven't gotten enough, because I still have a lot of respect to earn out there."

Mason Kelley writes for