Peavy is 'No Fool'

Every year one player emerges from the masses at Wisconsin's high school summer camp to grab a full scholarship offer and join the Badgers' recruiting class. This year was no different, as Kenosha Tremper speedster Jazz Peavy picks up an offer and commits to Wisconsin on the spot.

MADISON - Following one of the most important high school camps of his life, Jazz Peavy tweeted thoughts shared by many other in-state players that earned a Wisconsin offer.

"I have no excuse to ever be sad again in my life," Peavy tweeted.

Although Wisconsin is short on scholarships (expecting to take between 10 and 12 full offer athletes in the Class of 2013), Peavy's performance at Wisconsin's one-day summer camp Sunday warranted head coach Bret Bielema to give him a full offer … and Peavy commit shortly thereafter.

"It's a place that I've always wanted to go and it's been a dream of me," Peavy told Badger Nation. "Everything they offer for you at Wisconsin is just amazing. I've heard stories that it's the best place to be for the Big Ten. I had to be there.

"You have to be a fool to be from the state and not accept that offer."

The 6-1, 175-pound Peavy is the eighth verbal commitment in the 2013 class and the sixth player to accept a full offer from Wisconsin. With offers from Central Michigan, Minnesota and Wyoming, the Kenosha Tremper senior started to raise eyebrows following his performance at the NFTC Nike Combine in early June.

Performing on the campus of Illinois at Champaign, Peavy won the SPARQ award for testing out with a 4.5 flat 40 time and 4.0 shuttle. Peavy was receiving heavy interest from Central Michigan and Minnesota and some interest from Michigan and Penn State.

Using that speed to his advantage, Peavy says his motor never stopped on Sunday.

"A lot of kids were probably getting winded out there, so I just kept going full speed," Peavy said. "I think that helped me a lot. The little things that I was doing wrong, the coaches helped me out and I took to the coaching right away. (Coach Azzanni) is a really nice guy. He made me laugh, he's fun to be around and he knows exactly what he's talking about at all times.

"I can't control being the biggest guy on the field, but I know that I'll be the fastest. That could mean a lot to a team."

Peavy admitted that he nearly fell off the chair in Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema's office when the offer was extended, and he caught UW's coach off guard when he committed on the spot.

"He fell off the chair, as well, when he found out that I wanted to commit right then," Peavy said. "He jumped up right away, gave me a hug and shook my hand. It was just smiles from then on."

He stepped foot on Wisconsin's campus Sunday admitting that he thought an offer from the Badgers' wasn't in the realm of possibilities.

"I knew they were looking at me and I knew they knew my name, but I didn't think I had a chance to get offered," Peavy said.

Peavy finished last season with 22 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns, rushed seven times for 53 yards and two touchdowns and registered 18 solo tackles and two interceptions on defense. With his recruitment done, Peavy plans to push himself even harder to show the Wisconsin coaching staff that it made the right decision.

"This offer is going to push me even harder," said Peavy. "I am going to work even harder because I know what level I have to get to in order to be an elite player at a Big Ten college. "


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