The San Jose State Spartans have had an upswing in recruiting in recent weeks - going from two commitments to six. One of new additions to the 2017 class is an intriguing athlete from Tucson (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge HS - Daniel Peabody.
Peabody made his commitment to the Spartans last weekend.
“I loved the competition level I’d be able to play in in the Mountain West Conference, that was a plus for me,” Peabody said. “I liked the location obviously. It’s in California and when I visited there I really liked the area. The Bay Area is awesome. I had a good relationship with the coaches.”
Peabody has been recruited by different schools to play tight end, fullback and defensive end - but he committed to make San Jose State his home as a linebacker. He is a 6-foot-2 and 220-pound athlete who posted a 4.65 forty yard dash time and a 34.8 inch vertical jump at The Opening in the Bay Area earlier this summer.
“They said I can come in and they have a need at linebacker and that’s the position I’m going to come in and play," Peabody said. "Hopefully I can come in and make an impact my freshman year. That’s the main reason I wanted to commit, to make an impact as soon as possible.”
More recently, Peabody made another trip to the Bay Area of the Golden Gate Showcase. Peabody was already on the Spartans’ radar, but the coaches came away even more impressed at that event. The following day, Peabody visited SJSU, but left without an offer.
“I really liked the facilities from a football standpoint,” Peabody said. “A lot of it is being upgraded. It’s all pretty close together... The practice field is really cool. The Panthers used it for the Super Bowl. I liked the one-only entrance going into the stadium. I thought it was cool going down that ramp.
“I left the campus really impressed,” Peabody added. “The coaches were saying they really liked me at the camp and wanted to see my senior film. I was excited, but a little down because I was hoping for an offer. The coaches had a meeting and decided I should have an offer and offered me the next day… It was really exciting.”
Peabody’s commitment came just over a month after the offer. SJSU Offensive Line Coach Adam Stenavich was the point-man for his recruitment.
The two-way recruit also holds offers from Army West Point and Northern Arizona, and had interest from San Diego State, Montana and Montana State.
“I think my game is well-rounded,” Peabody explained. “I’ve worked very hard to not have a weakness in my game. I’ve always had the speed so in high school I’ve worked to get bigger… When it comes to football I’m a hard-worker. I’m always running to the ball, always the first one to the ball and wanting to make plays. I like to hit people and I just like to play football. I think that’s a big key at being good at it, you have to love what you do.
“My biggest skillset would be rushing the passer. I’ve always had a nose for the quarterback. I’m good at getting to the quarterback and getting into the backfield… I ran a 4.6 40 so in their eyes I could possibly mean I could play an outside type nickel back as a run support safety, but mostly they are looking at me as an inside or outside backer.”
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