While Williamson of Mobile star Jamarcus Russell has attracted the most attention for several seasons and is considered one of the top prospects in the Southeast, players like Cole Peace of Cedar Bluff High School are attracting college scouts. Russell and Peace were two of the top quarterbacks at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa in April. Both have the size, arm strength and overall athletic ability to command attention from SEC level coaches.
Cole Peace knows how to get the football into the end zone.
"I learned a lot at the combine," Peace tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "There were a lot of good players there. You could tell the guys (running the combine) really knew what they were doing. They were on top of their game and there was never a dull moment. There wasn't any sitting around. It was get up and go all the time you were out there. There was a lot of good competition.
"I also liked the combine because I got to meet some guys that I have seen play before like Jamarcus Russell," Peace adds. "I saw him play his ninth grade year against Etowah. I hadn't got to talk to him before the combine. He is a real good guy."
Peace, who stands six-foot-two, weighed in at 204 pounds for the combine. He normally runs a 4.7 40, but was not happy with his combine 40-time that was run on artificial turf that was in rough shape.
A three-sport athlete who plays basketball and runs on the track team (4x100 relay, 300 hurdles), Peace is turning his attention to football workouts. "I am just trying to get better," he says. "I am just trying to get quicker and faster. I want us to have a good season. We were 10-2 last year and I want to improve on that and go all of the way this time."
Peace made a name for himself as a sophomore at Class A Cedar Bluff, passing for 2,007 yards with 20 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions as he hit 120-224 passes. He followed that up by passing for 1,967 yards with 23 TDs and just five interceptions as a junior as he completed 116-201 passes. With a season left to play, he has passed for 5,547 yards and 54 TDs.
Another reason Cedar Bluff and Peace should have a good team this year is Peace's buddy and wide receiver target, Josh Moten, who also attended the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa. Moten, a 5-10, 175-pounder with 4.5 speed, is also expected to be one of the top prospects in the state. Last season he caught 59 passes for 1,099 yards and 15 touchdowns. He now has 152 career receptions for 3,006 yards with 30 going the distance.
Josh Moten, who will be a senior this fall, is Peace's prolific wide receiver target.
"Me and Josh are taking a road trip and we will be gone for about two weeks," Peace notes. "We are going to start out in Mississippi and come back through going to Louisville and Kentucky and different places. Then we will get a little break before we go to the camps at Alabama and Auburn."
When asked if he has any early favorites, Peace says, "Growing up in the state, you can't help being interested in Alabama and Auburn, but right now I haven't had any offers yet from them so I am keeping my options open."