T.J. Peeler Enjoys Pitt Visit

If T.J. Peeler has his way, and there's no reason to believe he won't, the 2010 running back recruit from Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Va. will return to Pitt many more times after his visit for spring practice Thursday afternoon.

A standout tailback for the undefeated, state-champion Spartans, T.J. Peeler ran for more than 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns despite missing three games due to injuries and parts of others due to lopsided scores. Peeler also visited Pittsburgh for its junior day in February and can't wait to come back.

"I had a great time,'' Peeler said. "I want to come back as soon as I can. I really enjoyed myself. The academic people, the coaches and players, I like everything about Pitt right now. It's a really good school, and I could see myself going to college here.''

The 6-foot, 175-pound Peeler has been somewhat under the radar, as far as 2010 recruiting prospects go, and has offers from just Pitt and West Virginia right now. He hopes for more offers and would like to take more visits, but he still wants to make a recruiting decision sometime before his senior football season at Broad Run.

Peeler, who visited Pitt with two of his coaches, said he already has developed a good relationship with Pitt running backs coach David Walker. Along with Pitt, Peeler also has taken a trip to Maryland. Apparently, it wasn't anything to write home about.

"It was all right, but it wasn't anything like Pitt for me,'' Peeler said. "I just feel more at home up here. It's really nice, and I think it's someplace I could go for school and to play football. It's good for academics as well as football.''

Peeler, who is being recruited by Panthers wideouts coach Bryan Bossard, likely will be invited to return for Pitt's spring prospects camp.

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