Focus 2007 – C.J. Peake

Ohio defensive back prospect favors several Big Ten programs

A prospect to keep a close eye on in 2006 is C.J. Peake, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive back at Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, Ohio. Peake transferred to Trotwood-Madison from Meadowdale High in Dayton. Meadowdale coach Maurice Douglass has welcomed Peake with open arms.

"C.J. is a heck of a football player," Douglass said. "He transferred over to us from Meadowdale where he was an outstanding player. C.J. has great ball skills and he also gets a tremendous break on the football coming out of his plant in coverage."

Peake, who ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at Ohio State's summer camp last year said he doesn't have an offer yet but the mail is starting to roll in.

"I'm in transition right now so I don't know how much of my mail is going to my old school," Peake said.

"I decided to transfer over to Trotwood-Madison for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest is Coach Douglass. He knows what it takes to get to the next level because he's played there (Kentucky) and he knows what it takes to get to the league because he played there (Chicago Bears) also.

"Coach Douglass knows a lot of people. He helps all his players out with recruiting. He's very active with that stuff and I know that he's going to help me out."

Which schools are currently at the top of Peake's wish list?

"In no particular order, I like Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pittsburgh," Peake said. "I camped at Ohio State last year and I'll probably go again this summer. As a matter of fact, I'm going to hit as many camps as I can this summer."

Peake had seven interceptions as a sophomore at Meadowdale. This past season, he had six interceptions while racking up 109 tackles. He scored 11 offensive touchdowns from his tailback position.

Peake was an all-conference selection as a junior. In the classroom, he carries a 2.5 core GPA.

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