A two-year starter at Trotwood High, Peake played both ways as a junior, racking up 109 tackles and seven interceptions on defense, while rushing for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns. That performance earned him post-season honors, including All-Area and team MVP honors.
"When he (Peake) jams a receiver it's over with, you're not getting off the line," Scout.com Combine Coach Don Cox said. "Out of all the combines we had I never had anyone jam like that."
"I like him at strong safety," he said. "He is fast enough to cover receivers and he is big enough that when you come down the alley he'll lay you out. You could probably use him some at corner and he would not hurt you."
Though Peake plays on both sides of the ball in high school, he'll likely see his action on defense at the next level.
"I bring leadership and talent," Peake said. "I prefer defense. I like to hit and going and getting the ball when it's in the air. I like getting interceptions, making plays and stopping the other teams from scoring."
Peake was one of the top standouts over the weekend at the Scout.com All-American combine in Louisville, Kentucky. He ran a 4.6 forty, posted one of the best shuttle times, and was certainly one of the top defensive backs during coverage drills.
"I performed good," Peake told InsideTheVille.com following the workout. "There was a lot of talent out here. I went up against some good players and I think I did good."
Performances like the one he had Saturday are a major reason Peake's recruitment has taken off this spring.
C.J. Peake turned in an impressive
performance at the Scout.com
All-American Combine Saturday
"My recruiting is going good right now," said Peake. "I have offers from Louisville, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina. I have about 18 offers."
And while Peake has plenty of suitors, he's not ready to play favorites.
"No, I don't," he said when asked if he had any favorites. "I'm just trying to keep my options open and do what is best for me. I don't want to say I have any favorites right now."
Peake said he plans to narrow his list down this summer and that he hopes to make a decision sometime during his senior season. "I'll probably take two official visits before I make my decision," Peake said. Who might get those visits? "I'd rather not say," he said. "I really don't know."
So what's he looking for in a college?
"Right now I'm looking at schools before I narrow things down," he said. "I want to try to have as many offers as I can so I can pick a school that's the best fit for me. Academics, the environment, the coaching and how I fit into the program are important factors to me."
"I'm planning on taking another trip to Louisville," said Peake, who Louisville coaches Mike Cassity and Kevin Wolthausen kept a watchful eye on throughout the combine. "I've been to Louisville once already for the Louisville – Syracuse game last season. The crowd was big and it was a good experience. They treated us very good and the players that I met were alright. And the new indoor facility is beautiful."