Sometimes you can speak more by saying less. That seems to be C.J. Peake's philosophy.
The 6-2, 200-pound safety from Trotwood-Madison in Trotwood, Ohio returned a phone call to Bucknuts.com Sunday evening, politely interrupting a trip to Kings Island amusement park.
Peake didn't mince words when asked how his summer was going and what the latest news was in his life.
"My summer is going all right," he said of trips to Tennessee, Ohio State and West Virginia for camps. "As far as recruiting, I don't know where I want to go. I don't have a top five and I'm wide open. I'm going to take my time with it."
Peake said of this moment he is being recruited by Tennessee, West Virginia, Purdue, Boston College, Indiana, Michigan State, Illinois, Louisville, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Wisconsin among others.
Schools have good reason.
The talented safety recorded 119 tackles and six interceptions as a junior. As Trotwood-Madison's backup running back, Peake rushed for 800 yards and 6 touchdowns.
As a stout summer performer, the No. 6-ranked safety in the nation by Scout.com noticed a small increase in attention. But he holds out hope for more.
"A little bit," Peake said of the increased love from coaches, "but I think if I have a real big senior season, the bigger schools will come."
One of those bigger schools, Ohio State, is presently absent somewhat from Peake's recruitment.
He has long held out hope a scholarship offer would come, as in the past, he said it's possible he would commit to Ohio State if that happens.
"They're recruiting me, but I just don't know what they're waiting on," Peake said as if implying he can't understand why they haven't offered. "They told me last week, as I talked to Coach (John) Peterson that he was in Florida and when he got back, he was going to text me to let me know how things are going. So I don't know what to say."
Although Peake appears to be uncertain of his future, he reluctantly said that perhaps the latest dialogue with Ohio State was an inference an offer might be soon forthcoming.
In the meantime, he's taking things one-step at a time.
"I think that if I wait until after my season, more offers will come and I will have more to choose from," he explained. "I want to see what other offers I get."
With August fast approaching, Peake knows his chance to shine as a safety, running back, slot-receiver and also quarterback as well as co-captain is coming quickly.
He's excited by the opportunity.
"One more month and I'll be playing," he said without hesitation. "I'm really excited."
Peake, who reports a 2.65 GPA and a 16 on the ACT, says he believes Trotwood-Madison will be a state caliber team.
He's hoping to retake the ACT test in August.
In the meantime, Peake mentioned he's looking at a few schools.
"I've been looking at Michigan State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Purdue,
Pittsburgh and Boston College," he added. "I want to go to a school that I can
play early at and that I can succeed to get to the next level. I want to be
comfortable there around my teammates."