The first offer usually sticks for a recruit, and so is the case for Spartanburg, South Carolina’s Charone Peake.
“The first one in was from Clemson, and then I started hearing from other schools,” Peake said. “It definitely left a good impression, and coach Dabo [Swinney] and I have built a nice relationship.
“Right now, Clemson, Georgia and Florida are the three schools that have been on me hardest.”
Last month, LSU moved into the picture by extending an offer to the Dorman High standout, joining the aforementioned, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, and others. Despite company, the Tigers stood out.
“It was definitely cool to add the offer from LSU, because that is a program that puts players into the NFL,” Peake said. “I don’t know much about Baton Rouge and the coaching staff yet, but I know their history these past few years. Guys like Dwayne Bowe have gone really high in the draft, and my goal has always been to play on Sundays.”
“I watched the game against Florida, and the one thing that stood out was that the go-to guys were tall, athletic receivers,” Peake said. “That is why I like a school like Georgia, as well. I want to get into an offense that wants to get the ball to the big guys. After seeing a little bit from LSU and knowing about the guys that came out these past few years, I definitely could see myself fitting in.”
With preparations on for a deep run into the state playoffs, Peake has put aside recruiting until his junior year closes out.
When things pick back up next summer, a trip to Baton Rouge could be in store.
“I want to get over there sometime, because I hear good things but still need to find out more,” Peake said. “I am relaxing and taking it all in right now, so there is not a rush. As I get to know the coaching staff and hear what they have planned, then I will know where LSU stands.”