State Offers Peeler

Talented running back T.J. Peeler bounced back from a midseason injury to lead Ashburn (VA) Broad Run to an undefeated season and the first state title in school history.

Talented running back T.J. Peeler bounced back from a midseason injury to lead Ashburn (VA) Broad Run to an undefeated season and the first state title in school history.

"We had a great year," said Peeler. "It was amazing. We finished 14-0 and won states. It was so much fun... I'm ready to get back out and play."

Peeler injured his arm during the season and missed three games, but that didn't prevent him from finishing the season with over 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns to earn honorable mention All-State honors.

"I thought I played great despite the fact that I broke my elbow," he said. "I did it in practice before a game and had to miss three games but that first game back I went out and had 250 yards and four touchdowns."

Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Peeler checks in at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. He already holds a trio of offers and is hearing from several other programs.

"I've been talking to several schools," said Peeler. "NC State, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh have offered me a scholarship. I've also been talking to the University of Maryland, Wake Forest, and a bunch of other schools.

T.J. Peeler (GM)

"NC State was the most recent to offer me a scholarship... they did so a few days ago. Coach Willis came up to my school and watched my film. He must have like it because afterwards they offered me a scholarship. I plan on visiting them this summer."

Most of the schools are recruiting Peeler to play tailback, but he stated that Maryland has indicated they like him at linebacker.

What are his thoughts on the three programs that have extended scholarship offers?

West Virginia: "I don't really know too much about them, but I know they have a really good program. I just want to go check them out."

NC State: "I'm interested in NC State. I've looked them up on the computer, but other than that I don't know too much about them yet. I have a connection with coach Willis, and I want to see what it's like there so I'm going to visit."

Pittsburgh: "I've visited Pittsburgh a couple of times already, and I had a connection with all of the coaches. I could see myself there... it felt like home."

Apparently a connection with the Pittsburgh coaching staff led to the Panthers having an early start on their recruitment of Peeler.

"I think what happened is a player on my team invited someone to a game of ours," said Peeler. "That guy knew the coaches at Pittsburgh and he went back and told them that I could ball. After that they came to see me play last year and offered a scholarship."

Peeler doesn't hide his affection for Pittsburgh but admits that his recruitment isn't over.

"I've visited Pittsburgh a few times, and I'm really high on them," he said. "Pittsburgh has a great criminal justice program and that's what I'm interested in as a major. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go to Pittsburgh, but I want to explore my options, check out some other schools, and go from there.

"I definitely want to have a decision before my senior season. I'm going to visit some other schools and talk with all the players. I want to see what it's like at the school and find out about the academic programs. Academics are big to me... that's a big factor."


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