Peake Performance

Trotwood Madison LB, CJ Peake has long been considered an Ohio State lean, but he has yet to receive an offer from the Bucks. The Wolverines have been lurking and the versatile linebacker may attend camp. Might he look up north if the Maize and Blue comes calling? Allen Wallace finds out.

C.J. Peake Profile

Trotwood (Ohio) safety/running back C.J. Peake (6-2, 208, 4.5), from Madison High School, said Ohio State leads solidly over Michigan, Tennessee (offer) and Michigan State (offer). Peake claims to have 21 offers--including from schools like Iowa, Pittsburgh, Boston College, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Mississippi. "If Ohio State were to offer me today, I would probably commit," Peak said.

"Most of the schools recruiting me have asked me which position I prefer. I prefer safety because I like defending the end zone and I have a lot of power to help my team win by stopping the other team from scoring. Last season I realized just how much I love defense. There were 12 seconds left on the clock and I got the ball from the opposite team's quarterback. I ran 91 yards and scored a touchdown. It was our homecoming game--I'll never forget the sound of the crowd.

"Ohio State is my home team. They said they're getting back to me. I believe they will offer me a scholarship--I have a gut feeling. I've been there innumerable times to watch games and last Saturday (June 3) I went to their camp," Peake said. "I grew up watching them play on TV with my mom and siblings every Saturday. Being so young back then, I just knew I was rooting for the red guys with the stars on their helmets!

"Michigan has seen me play on film, and they said they love the way I play. When I visited, I got to meet the head coach, Lloyd Carr. They said I should come be a Wolverine instead of wanting to be a Buckeye. I may go to their camp this summer. I think they are waiting until then to offer me," he said. "Michigan has always been the rival of Ohio State. It's a great school too--and if I don't get into Ohio State, I can at least play against the Buckeyes.

"I used to play Pee Wee football with Javon Ringer, who graduated early and got a scholarship to play with the Spartans. He's a running back and will be a sophomore at Michigan State. Plus, they have a big stadium," Peake said.

"I go to camp at Tennessee from June 14-16. I have family there, and it's not a bad team--they have a good program.

"My coach, Maurice Douglas, played for the Bears in the NFL for 13 years. He sends out tapes of me to colleges to tell them that I am interested. I transferred from another high school because no one knew who I was. My mom is a single parent with five kids, and she knew I should be getting scholarships for football. It's been a blessing at my new high school, because now I am ranked in the Top 100 of the nation (by and I'm the number 1 safety prospect for Ohio State," Peake said.

"This summer I am going to the West Virginia camp, just because I want to check out all the schools that have offered me--if I can. I would like to commit by the third week of my senior season. By then, I'll have visited a lot of campuses and have done all my research," he said. "Mom loves watching football and she's never missed one of my games. So if it comes down to two schools that are equally great, and one is closer to home--I'd probably pick the closer one."

"When the ball is in the air, I believe it's mine. My favorite part is hitting, and I hit hard when I tackle. I have the advantage of being big and being able to run fast as a safety. The speed just comes," he said. "I'm working on my agility with ladders for my footwork, and my one-on-one techniques. I'm also trying to lower my forty time by running in the swimming pool, with a parachute and on the treadmill--I put it on incline so it's like running uphill.

"I was awarded team MVP this last season with trophies for defense, offense and all-around. As safety, I had two block kicks, five pass break-ups, three sacks, 119 tackles and six interceptions. As backup running back, my junior season stats were 76 carries for 800 yards, and 12 TDs."

Peake reports a 2.65 core GPA and awaits his May ACT retake after initially scoring 16.

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