A standout tailback for undefeated, state-champion Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Va., 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. And he accomplished that by running over defenders, if he had to, or going around them as well.
"I consider myself to be a power runner, but I've run in the 4.4s pretty consistently,'' Peeler said. "And I know I'll have to be tough to be a running back at Pitt.''
Peeler and his counselor arrived in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon and took in the Pirates game that night. Peeler enjoyed himself and nearly caught a foul ball. But it's been the overall experience during his three visits to Pitt that sealed the deal for Peeler.
"I had a great time,'' Peeler said. "I really enjoyed myself. The academic people, the coaches and players, I like everything about Pitt. It's a really good school, and I can't wait to get here next year.''
Peeler has been somewhat under the radar, as far as 2010 recruiting prospects go, and had offers from just West Virginia and North Carolina State, along with the Panthers. He received some attention but no in-state offers from schools in his area.
Peeler said he already has developed a good relationship with Pitt running backs coach David Walker, and the two watched some film of Pitt's running backs just before his final meeting with Wannstedt.
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