Peake Performs Well At OSU Camp

C.J. Peake, a running back/safety from Trotwood-Madison High School, was one of the most impressive athletes at Ohio State's senior advanced camp on Saturday. Peake now has 21 offers, but is waiting for the one he really wants. He played at Dayton Meadowdale last year. Click here for more.

C.J. Peake, a running back/safety from Trotwood-Madison near Dayton, was one of the standouts at Ohio State's senior advanced camp on Saturday.

Peake (6-2, 210) is ranked as the No. 34 overall prospect in the state according to Ohio High Magazine. He is a two-way standout in high school, but projects as a strong safety in college. He is a big hitter who runs very well for his size.

"Today I ran a 4.47," Peake said. "Last time I was here I ran a 4.46."

Peake went to the sidelines late in the camp as it appeared he tweaked an ankle.

As a junior at Dayton Meadowdale in 2005, Peake had 109 tackles and six interceptions. He added over 1,000 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

Peake has already collected an impressive list of scholarship offers.

"I have 21 offers and I think I can name most of them," he said. "In the Big Ten, I have Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State. I also have West Virginia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisville, Boston College, North Carolina … and there's a couple more than I can't remember right now."

Peake was not expecting to see so many offers come his way this early in the recruiting process.

"I transferred from Meadowdale and I wanted to get a couple offers this summer, but I didn't expect 21," he said. "This has surprised me."

Peake gave his take on the football program at Ohio State.

"I love it," he said. "Ohio State is where I come from. I knew I was coming up to camp and I wanted to show them something."

When asked if his goal was to get an offer from OSU, he replied: "Yes it is."

Peake is being recruited by OSU tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator John Peterson.

"He's a good person; funny sometimes," Peake said.

Trotwood could be one of the surprise teams in the state this year under the direction of head coach and former Chicago Bears linebacker Maurice Douglass.

"We can be 10-0 if we put our minds to it," Peake said. "We should be at least 9-1. And I expect to make it far in the playoffs."

Peake explained what makes him a highly-recruited safety.

"I can hit and I can run with receivers," he said. "I love catching interceptions and I love changing the game on defense, because that's what you're supposed to do. And stop them from scoring."

Peake is not in a hurry to make a decision, but doesn't want to wait all the way until signing day.

"It's going to be a tough decision if everything stays the way it is now," Peake said. "I want to decide like in the middle of my football season because I want to take at least two official visits."

Peake says his academic standing is improving.

"I have a 2.75 core GPA and it's rising," he said. "I got a 17 the first time taking the ACT and I'm going to take it again in the near future."


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