"John is one of our top players, and whoever gets him will be getting a great football player," says Chaparral head coach Ron Estabrook. "He is in the Fred Biletnikoff mold, fearless, not afraid to go over the middle."
After a 1st Team All-State junior year, as well as a Student Sports Underclass All-American season, Estabrook says Peel is primed for a big season. "We run out of the Wing-T, using a lot of motion. John knows how to get open, and he will really get to showcase his skills this season," said Estabrook.
At this time, on the recruiting front, Peel is getting contacted by plenty of schools, however there has been a dearth of offers so far. Many have recognized that Peel runs very precise routes, has great hands, has good athleticism, quickness and smarts, but the question has been his speed. "There are a lot of schools on him, but the early offers are slow. There are some questions on him, but I think he will get some offers after they watch him more. There is no doubt in my mind, speed or not, he can leave people in the dust," said Estabrook.
He is primarily hearing from West Coast schools, mainly the Pac-10, with Arizona State and UCLA two of his early favorites. Estabrook said, "He went to the ASU 1-day camp and I know he is planning on going with some of our guys to the UCLA camp. We also have passing league camps at Arizona and San Diego State, so hopefully that will show some coaches."
Peel holds almost all of the Chaparral records for a receiver, and holds the state record for most passes caught in the championship game, with 11.
"John is a Division I football player, and whoever gets him will get a player that is a great citizen, leads by example and can play," Estabrook said.