One of the outstanding underclassmen present for Cincinnati‘s "Junior Day" last Saturday was C. J. Peake of Trotwood Madison High School. C. J. gave his height, weight, and speed as slightly over 6' 2" and 210 pounds with a 4.4 time in the forty yard dash.
According to Peake, the scholarship offers are just starting to arrive. "Pittsburgh and New Mexico just gave me offers on my birthday, March 2nd." However, those two schools are not the only one's recruiting this versatile athlete. "I've got Ohio State, most of the Big Ten, Tennessee and a lot of others." C. J. was then asked about Cincinnati's interest. "They haven't made an offer that I know of yet. They said they're going to make an offer some time this week, but I don't think they've made it yet." BCI spoke to C. J. early Tuesday evening.
When C. J. attended the Cincinnati/West Virginia basketball game last week, he walked away impressed with Bearcat fans. "I liked the crowd and the coaches, but I really liked the crowd at the basketball game. It was really loud."
C. J. was ready with a varied list of criteria in choosing a school. "Academics, the environment, how I fit in with the football team, how my Mom likes it, and the coaches." C. J. identified Harlon Barnett and Mark Staten as the two coaches primarily responsible for his recruitment.
Trotwood Madison has used C. J. as a safety and a running back, but he's expecting to be used strictly on defense in college. "Pittsburgh told me I can play safety as long as I keep my weight down so I want to lose about ten pounds and get to 200lbs. I just started track today so I think I'll be able to lose the weight. Ohio State said they may offer me as an athlete so I may play at a linebacker. Michigan said safety. I want to play safety so that will be a factor in my decision."
Committing early is a possibility, but Peake wants to make an informed decision and was pretty adamant about getting his visits. "I'm trying to commit early, but I want to take my visits. I want to commit before the season starts, but I want to take my visits."
The summer looks to be a busy one for C. J. "I plan to attend the Nike camp and the Scout.com combine. I might be down there to the Cincinnati camp. I'm going on Ted Ginn Sr.'s tour. My coach has some other things going, and I'm going to the Ohio State camp. I'm going to a lot of camps."
Grades are an issue for every player making the leap to college so C. J. talked about his. "Right now I have a 2.7, but I'm going to raise it up to a 3.0 by my senior year. I got a 16 on my ACT, but I'm going to take it again on April 8th."
The Bearcats have had good luck in the recent past with players named Peake. Hopefully, C. J. will carry on the tradition in Clifton.