In early April, nobody knew anything about Peavy other than he had a catchy first name. That made his two-month rise up the recruiting charts all that more impressive; it was a journey that ended with a Wisconsin scholarship offer and a verbal commitment in mid-June.
At the 2012 Nike Football Combine in Chicago, Peavy posted the top score at the event with a 120.27 SPARQ rating, which is the cumulative score from various drills. Peavy ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and posted a 4.00 in the 20-yard shuttle. He leaped 33.8 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 40.5 feet.
Two months later in Champaign at another Nike Combine, Peavy won the SPARQ award for testing out with another 4.5 40 time and 4.0 shuttle.
Even though Wisconsin was short on scholarships, Peavy's performance at Wisconsin's one-day summer camp Sunday warranted head coach Bret Bielema giving him a full offer … and Peavy committed shortly thereafter over offers from Central Michigan, Minnesota and Wyoming.
Returning for a fourth season, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.
Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.
What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?
Peavy: Probably adjusting to the schedule. There's a lot of things packed into my schedule every day, so there's really not as much time to chill and do the things that I like to do. That's all right because I am enjoying it.
What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?
Peavy: Just adjusting to the speed of the game and the physicality for sure. That's an adjustment. Every little thing that you can have on somebody will separate you from everybody else. You have to find what that is that you have.
Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?
Peavy: It would have to be my route running and my precision, just making sure I am running everything just right.
What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?
Peavy: I would say my speed is my biggest strength and having sure hands. Things I need to fix a little bit more is being a little more physical, going up for passes and not being scared going across the middle, things like that.
How is Madison different than your home town of Kenosha? What's the biggest difference?
Peavy: There's definitely a lot more people and more diversity here. It's a lot more fun for sure.
Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?
Peavy: I have not given too much thought into that. I don't know what I want to major in, so I am just taking general classes right now.
What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?
Peavy: Probably the SERF. I like going there and playing some basketball.
What's your least favorite place on campus?
Peavy: I am not sure. I don't have one yet.
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?
Peavy: Just going around and messing around with the guys. We are a group that likes to have fun.
Who did you live with this fall? How are those relationships?
Peavy: I am living with Keelon Brookins and it's nice. He's just like me, so it's a lot of fun.
What's the most interesting thing you've learn about Keelon?
Peavy: He talks in his sleep. He's mumbling something all the time.
Who was your big brother and what was the biggest thing you learned from him?
Peavy: My big brother was Jared Abbrederis and the biggest thing he taught me was always trusting the system and going along with everything. Everything will be just fine if I do that.
Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?
Peavy: It would have to be my young brother, Jaden. Definitely him. We talk every day. He's just been through a lot in his life and he pushed me to do great. I want to be able to give him everything he wants one day.
What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?
Peavy: When I am with them, they aren't too excited about it, but I know when they leave they always talk about it. They are proud of me and everything.
What's the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey, especially when you ran out on the field for the first time?
Peavy: It was definitely different than high school. There were a lot more fans, it was louder, faster, way more intense. Everything just changes about the game and brings everything to a whole new level.