2007 Spotlight: Peake Moves To Trotwood

C.J. Peake, one of the state's top 20 prospects for 2007 according to Ohio High, recently transferred from Dayton Meadowdale to Trotwood-Madison. We have comments from Peake on the move as well as details on his junior season and a look at schools he is considering. Click here for more.

One player already pegged among Ohio's top 20 junior football prospects is defensive back C.J. Peake, who recently transferred from Dayton Meadowdale to Trotwood-Madison.

Peake (6-2, 210) is ranked as the state's No. 19 junior prospect by Ohio High magazine.

Trotwood-Madison coach Maurice Douglass has welcomed Peake with open arms.

"C.J. is a heck of a football player," Coach Douglass said. "He transferred over to us from Meadowdale where he was an outstanding player. C.J. has great ball skills and he also gets a tremendous break on the football coming out of his plant in coverage."

Peake, who ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at Ohio State's summer camp last year said he doesn't have an offer yet but the mail is starting to roll in.

"I'm in transition right now so I don't know how much of my mail is going to my old school." C.J. Peake said.

"I decided to transfer over to Trotwood-Madison for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest is Coach Douglass. He knows what it takes to get to the next level because he's played there (Kentucky) and he knows what it takes to get to the league (Chicago Bears) because he played there also.

"Coach Douglass knows a lot of people. He helps all his players out with recruiting. He's very active with that stuff and I know that he's going to help me out."

Which schools are currently at the top of Peake's wish list?

"In no particular order, I like Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pittsburgh." Peake said.

"I camped at Ohio State last year and I'll probably go again this summer. As a matter of fact, I'm going to hit as many camps as I can this summer."

Peake had seven interceptions as a sophomore at Meadowdale. This past season, he had six interceptions while racking up 109 tackles. He scored 11 offensive touchdowns from his tailback position. He was a third-year starter in 2005.

"I think I do a good job of reading the quarterback's eyes," Peake said. "I follow him and that gives me a jump to get to the ball. This past year, I was one of the leaders of our team. I knew if we weren't playing well, I had to work hard and try and pick up the team."

Peake pulled off one of the most spectacular individual plays of the 2005 Ohio high school season on Sept. 23. Meadowdale was trailing Southwest Ohio Public League rival Cincinnati Hughes 14-12. There were 18 seconds left and Hughes had the ball at the Meadowdale 7-yard line.

The Hughes quarterback rolled out to the left, but Peake came up, stripped the ball out of his hands and returned it 85 yards for the game winning touchdown as time expired. The two-point conversion gave Meadowdale a 20-14 win.

Peake was an all-conference selection as a junior and was named second-team All-Southwest District in Division II as well. He carries a 2.5 core GPA in the classroom. He took college entrance exams in December.


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