Got to know Lincoln Way Central’s big 2018 safety Peyton Nigro. We talked his recent visits, goals for the rest of the year and what’s next for his recruiting.
You can find Peyton on Twitter @Peyton_Nigro.
Lincoln Way Central
New Lenox, IL
Wt: 185 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: What were the most important things you did this offseason and are now doing in practice so you can improve this season?
PN: The most important thing I took from this offseason was playing on Midwest BOOM. Overall, playing on the team improved my game in every aspect. Whether it was speed and agility, or recognizing reads, or just my technique in general. The coaches and players/competition were amazing.
LPI: You currently do not hold any offers, but your play this year has said otherwise. What are your greatest strengths or why should a school offer you?
PN: I’d say my greatest strengths are my ability to play fast, my competitive edge and the fact that I hate losing-I will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Lastly, a school should offer me because I will give my absolute best for the schools that take a chance at me. I will not let them down no matter the circumstance. I believe I would be able to help the team in anyway they ask and will improve the team overall.
LPI: Offer or not, which schools have you kept in contact with the most? Or which schools have shown interest in you?
PN: I have kept in contact with multiple schools this season. So far, I’ve been in contact with Central Michigan, North Dakota State, University of Buffalo, Drake and Illinois State in the summer.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any visits coming up?
PN: I just recently went to Central Michigan for their homecoming. It was a great atmosphere and the coaching staff was amazing. As of now, I have nothing planned, but I’m hoping to get around to a couple more schools before the season ends.
LPI: What’s it like starting on varsity as a sophomore? How did you deal with that pressure of playing against kids a few years older than you and how has it helped you this year as a junior?
PN: It was quite the experience as a 15 year old playing with kids 2 and 3 years older than I. It was a huge adjustment going straight from freshman football to varsity football especially at such a great school. At Lincoln-Way East I learned very quickly that you don’t make mistakes no matter how old you are. The pressure was crazy, the pressure was on me a lot and I was on a defense with almost all seniors counting on a young sophomore to make plays for them. Starting as a sophomore has helped me so much as a junior, it slowed the game down so much and has made me such a better player overall.
LPI: You guys are now 5-2 this year and are looking to finish strong to earn a good seed in the playoffs. What are you team goals for the rest of this year and what are you guys going to do to achieve them?
PN: As a team, we have a saying to be “1-0” meaning to win at everything we do. The rest of the season, one of our goals is to not lose any home games, which we only have 1 more guaranteed. We really need to win our next 2 games to earn a high seed and host a playoff game. We can do damage in 7A if we keep playing the way we are.
LPI: Who are some of your other teammates that you believe have a chance to play at the next level, but may be getting overlooked by college coaches?
PN: At Central, we have so much young talent that is still developing that will be a scary sight. Players that are being overlooked that could play at the next level: Matt Pollack, Sean Reyna, Nick Degregorio, Nico Muto, Hunter Campbell, Bobby Palermo, Mike Morgan, Brett Widule and Matt Granberry.