Prior to Bryan Peters' arrival at Kansas on Thursday evening, he had received multiple handwritten letters from the Jayhawks' coaches letting him know how interested they were in him.
Peters immensely appreciated that gesture and after the La Mirada, Calif., offensive tackle got to Lawrence to check out the campus, meet the coaching staff and tour the facilities he said he knew it was the perfect fit.
Peters, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect, decided to commit Friday.
"It came down to all those coaches, the places they've been before Kansas, they know how to win games and last week I got something like three handwritten letters from them every single day and they were the one school I knew they believed in me, and that meant a lot," Peters said.
"It let me know you're their guy, they want to build a football program around you for four years. That meant a lot."
Rated as the No. 57 offensive tackle nationally and No. 53 in the California state rankings, Peters had an extensive offer list that included Florida State, Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State and Wyoming. Numerous programs from across the country were also showing interest.
Kansas' coaching staff had a lot to do with Peters' commitment this weekend and all the attention they showed him played a part but what also sold him was the campus. He said he loved the environment from the second his airplane landed and he's excited about his future with the Jayhawks.
"I love the area," Peters said. "Right when we touched down on the plane, I've been out to the Midwest before, but I fell in love with the area. The facilities are top-notch, they have a brand-new weight room, a brand-new football complex and the campus is amazing too."
Peters comes from a prestigious program in southern California that is loaded with talent in its 2011 class. Fellow offensive lineman Isaac Luatua has committed to Alabama; defensive back Aaryn Bouzos is headed to Nebraska; athlete Max Gama is going to Washington State; and defensive tackle E.J. Galvez has pledged to Nevada.