When he's not doing footwork drills or sprinting, Anthony Pegues, the Centennial High School running back is power lifting. He's heard people compare him to former Oregon State standout Jacquizz Rodgers. But Pegues sees himself as a mix of many NFL and college tailbacks, including former Bronco Jay Ajayi, who attended rival high school Frisco Liberty.
"A lot of people think I don't have power, but I do. I'm going to state for powerlifting."
And he has the numbers to back up his claim. While qualifying for state, Pegues squatted 575 pounds, benched 330 and deadlifted 560.
Pegues' power and skill is drawing attention from college coaches. After running for 1, 253 yards and 11 TDs as a junior, he received an offer from Yale. Navy offered a couple of weeks ago, and he is also drawing interest from Boise State, Cal and Kansas, among others.
"Boise State sends me letters a lot," Pegues said. "I talk to Kent Riddle quite a bit. I'm trying to talk to the running backs coach. They are really interested in me."
Pegues plans on visiting Boise State for the spring game on April 11. He will be in Berkley, Calif., the next weekend to check out Cal. He is hopeful and confident that more offers will come his way during his road trip.
"I really think the closest to offer will be Cal and Kansas," Pegues said. "Boise State said they want to see me in person. I'm pretty sure when they see me in person and I can meet the running backs coach, I really think they'll offer me."
It's still early in the 2016 recruiting period, but Pegues hopes to make a decision sooner rather than later.
"I would like to be committed before my senior year of football," he said. "I want to focus on playing and nothing else."