C.J. Peake re-thinking his decision

Three-star Louisville commit C.J. Peake is having second thoughts about signing with the Cardinals this week. Peake, who backed out of a verbal commitment to Wisconsin last month, is again thinking about the Badgers. Who will the #33 safety prospect in the nation sign with Wednesday?

Three-star Trotwood-Madison safety C.J. Peake isn't sure which school he'll sign with this Wednesday – college footballs National Signing Day. If Peake wanted to up the drama for his final decision, mission accomplished.

Peake has had a penchant for drama throughout the recruiting process. The 6-2, 208-pound Peake backed out of a verbal commitment to Wisconsin Jan. 26 to pledge his loyalty to Louisville and new coach Steve Kragthorpe. Now, the country's #33 safety isn't sure whether he'll ink with his first love, Wisconsin, or his second, Louisville, this week.

"I just want to rethink my decision," Peake told the Dayton Daily News this weekend.

Apparently, Peake is torn between the two schools. While his parents would prefer that Peake stay a little closer to home and play for Louisville, it's apparent the situation in Madison appeals to Peake.

"C.J. was just thinking about the big picture. It was a big opportunity for his family. (Louisville) made a whole lot of sense for him location wise," Peake's coach, Maurice Douglas, told Scout.com last week. "His mom does not like to fly and has never been on a plane before. That alone was a big reason. It will give an opportunity to his friends and family to come see him play whenever they want."

If the Peake family wins out in this recruiting battle, the Dayton-area standout will be headed to Louisville. The Cardinals have made it clear to Peake he's a big part of their plan on defense in the future and have told him he'll have a chance to play next season. If that's not what Peake's looking for, Wisconsin might just get their man.

"I went on the official visit and I just felt like I fit in. I like the people around there. They just made me feel at home," Peake told Scout.com in December when he committed to Wisconsin. "I have a real good relationship with Coach (Bret) Bielema, Coach (Paul) Chryst, and Coach (Kerry) Cooks. They made me feel at home and there will be a good opportunity to see the field early at Wisconsin."

Coaches from Louisville and Wisconsin popped in to check on Peake last week. With the "dead period" now in effect, meaning college recruiters can no longer talk or meet with recruits, a major decision now rests solely with C.J. Peake. Will the Ohio star defensive back sign with Louisville or Wisconsin this week?

Only Peake knows that answer right now – or does he?

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