While he has not made a commitment yet, Glendora (CA) Citrus College offensive tackle Jason Peacock definitely has a leader in the clubhouse.
That would be Arkansas after Peacock (6-5, 325) finished up his fifth and final official visit this weekend – a trek to Mississippi State.
"I'm still not ready to announce my decision, but I do have a clear top three and Arkansas is number one on that list," Peacock said Sunday night. "Arizona is number two and Mississippi State is number three."
Peacock visited Arkansas the previous weekend and came away very impressed with what he saw in Fayetteville.
"The thing that really stood out to be was the chemistry between the players and the coaches and what a truly great bond they have," Peacock said. "They are all working toward the same goal and honestly I can really see myself being a part of that and playing in the best conference in the country in the SEC."
Peacock got to see a practice while at Arkansas and was revved up by something he saw in drills led by Razorback offensive line coach Chris Klenakis.
"They run to every drill, to every play and back to the huddle," Peacock said. "That really got my attention and means he is just trying to get the best he can out of them. That is the way you get yourself prepared to take control in the fourth quarter.
"I also really like the way Coach K stresses technique and footwork," Peacock said. "It is not necessarily the biggest or fastest players that the NFL comes after and drafts. Scouts want ones with great technique and footwork and I think I can really learn from Coach K."
Peacock, who played his high school football at Milledgeville (GA) Baldwin, knows that Arkansas is about to send a high draft pick to the league in DeMarcus Love.
"You can see how great a player he is and how he has great talent and it has been developed at Arkansas," Peacock said. "That really shows me something."
Peacock went to Georgia Military School right after getting out of high school, but left there and went back home to work and eventually ballooned to over 400 pounds.
A former Alabama State assistant coach landed at Citrus, called Peacock and he lost 70 pounds in the next year and headed out to the California school to resume his football career.
"I made the most out of the opportunity given to me," Peacock said. "I feel very fortunate and have worked every day to get better and stay in shape and become the best lineman I can be."
Arizona, which igned Citrus CC center Addison Bachman last week, impressed Peacock when he visited there officially for the Wildcats' rival game with Arizona State.
"That was a great game and they had some crazy fans that were even asking for my autograph," Peacock said. "They had a great season and are in the Pac 10, which is another big league."
Peacock, who also visited Houston and Texas Tech, got to watch practice at Mississippi State as well.
"They had a very high intensity practice and I also got a chance to check out their offensive lineman (Derek Sherrod) they think is going to be the top tackle taken," Peacock said. "It was a nice visit."
Peacock had hoped to be a mid-term graduate and had taken 21 hours in a quest to be that, but he will have to go another semester.
So while he does not have to be in a hurry to make a decision, he does plan to have one announced by the beginning of the new year.
"I am a man of my word and the only time I have broken it was the weekend when I visited Arkansas because I had already been scheduled to visit Utah State," Peacock said. "I really hated that, but it was something that I just had to think long and hard about and do what was best for my future.
"I am glad I did because I got to see what a great program Arkansas is and how I could truly fit in there," Peacock said. "I have told all the coaches that I will have a decision announced by the first of next month and that is what I plan to do."
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