South Grand Prairie TX athlete Dewayne Peace showed his versatility last summer at Michigan's football camp by excelling at both receiver and cornerback. Now in his final prep campaign, he is demonstrating even further just how wide ranging his talent truly is.
"Everything is good," Peace's father Greg told GoBlueWolverine. "He is having a better year than we expected him to have (considering the youth/inexperience on his team). He is up to about eight or nine touchdowns so far. Before the last game he was doing receiver about 60% of the time and quarterback 40%. The quarterback quit this week, so he is probably going to have to go to quarterback full time."
It's clear that the 6-0 178-pounder won't be a signal caller at the next level, but he has not hesitated in accepting a challenge that he knows will help his team.
"He is good with (playing quarterback)," Mr. Peace reported. "He said, ‘man, I've been wanting to go to quarterback. Just put the ball in my hands and let me do what I need to do. I can read defenses and I can check off.' Even without him (at wide receiver), we still have got a pretty good receiving corps. It's not like they can't catch. He is just looking at (playing quarterback) as another opportunity to show the skills that he has."
Peace sees similar opportunity when observing Michigan's early season struggles as well.
"We watch (Michigan) every week and check out everything," Mr. Peace said. "We were watching them on Saturday. Dewayne said he can't wait until he gets there. He thinks he can add some athleticism. The plays are designed to provide a guideline, but sometimes you have to go with your instincts on that same play. He thinks he can bring that up there. That's what he looks at."
Lately other programs have been doing their best to test the strength of Peace's devotion to the Maize & Blue. At one point one school seemed to be loosening Michigan's grip, but dad insists that any further attempts will be in vein.
"(Oklahoma) is starting to try to jump on the bandwagon," Mr. Peace reported. "We went to Oklahoma the weekend before we came to Michigan. They were sort of like, ‘we like you, but we're looking at a couple of other guys and we want to make sure we pick the right one.' Come to find out, the ones they were looking at went ahead and committed to other schools. Now they want to come back. Dewayne didn't like that."
"(Dewayne) did one little bonehead move," Mr. Peace continued. "We got it straight though. He had told Coach Hopson that he was going to decommit. Dewayne had sent the message because another coach (from another Big 12 school) had been in his ear saying that Rich Rodriguez is bringing these dual threat quarterbacks for a reason (i.e. he isn't going to throw the football) and was getting in (Dewayne's) head. I talked to the coach and said, ‘hey man, I know the recruiting game, but ain't no use in you throwing low punches like that.' I got on the phone with Coach Rich the next day and said I had no knowledge that he had even text messaged some mess like that. I told him he is not decommitting, we're good, and we're committed to (Michigan). We got it all straightened it out. We'll be up the for the Michigan State game in a few weeks."