Junior DB Prospect Robert Peele

After Ricky Manning -- and now signeed Brandon Breazell -- there is another prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Edison that UCLA could pursue: defensive back <b>Robert Peele</b>, who already boasts a Pac-10 offer...

It's no secret that Fresno (Calif.) Edison has been a football player factory in the Central part of California. Each year the Tigers send players to the Division I ranks, including a pair to UCLA in the last five years. Another Tiger player who expects to sign somewhere next February is defensive back Robert Peele, 5-11, 180.

Part of a secondary that included Cal signee Bernard Hicks and UCLA receiver signee Brandon Breazell, Peele anchored the Tigers defensive back unit as a free safety, totaling 80 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

"Free safety is where I prefer to play. I am a mixture of both hitting and coverage. Most schools are recruiting me as a cornerback but I want to play safety if I can," said Peele, who was one of five Edison players selected to the All-Fresno area First Team.

When it comes to recruiting, Peele rattled off a list of schools who he was hearing from. "I'm hearing from Cal, Washington State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC. I'm also interested in UCLA, and I think they may start recruiting me too. I know I want to get out of the area so Fresno State isn't really an option," said Peele.

Peele has one offer to date, from Cal, but he expects more to come in during the summer.

A gifted athlete, who also plays basketball (shooting guard) and runs track (200m, 400m), Peele is in no real hurry to make a commitment, and wants to enjoy the recruiting process. "I want to take some trips, see what's out there. I don't have any plan to commit right away. I want to see how the summer and my season plays out."

For the summer, Peele plans to attend the Nike Camps in Los Angeles and at Stanford.

Playing for a former NFL defensive back, Peele finds that it's a benefit having his coach be familiar with the process. "It's real helpful having Coach around, since he went through it and knows what coaches are telling him. He is good to listen to," said Peele.

Another point of inspiration for all Tiger players is former UCLA star Ricky Manning, who excelled this past NFL season. "I got to meet Ricky. He is a real good guy and he gives a lot of hope to players from around here, knowing that he has done it through hard work and commitment and was able to get to the next level."

Peele has a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring, after already taking his PSAT.

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