Peko is a beast up front for Cerritos

Last season, Cerritos DL Kyle Peko (6-2, 295) was a nearly unstoppable force up front for the Falcons and with his outstanding athleticism, motor and skills, he should be one of the top JUCO defensive line prospects during the mid-year signing period...

Peko prepped at La Habra (Ca.) High School and was unable to get qualified to play at the D-1 level, so he headed to Cerritos where he had a family as well as a coaching connection.

"Coach (Frank) Mazzotta's son, Frank Mazzotta Jr., was my coach in high school, so that was a big reason why I ended up here and then both of my cousins and my dad went here and went pro, so it was the right place for me," Peko told recently.

As a freshman defensive lineman last fall, Peko was a force to be reckoned with racking up 39 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries while playing every spot along the line.

"I played a lot of the three (technique) and a lot of nose and a lot of end too," Peko said. "I played mostly the three though.

"I would say I'm probably best at stopping the run because I'm strong and I'm powerful and I'm quick off the line so I get into gaps a lot."

This offseason, Peko said he's been hard at work pushing his teammates to get better so they can finish on top, something they fell a game short of last year.

"We played well last season, but we just didn't make plays toward the end to go further (in the playoffs)," Peko said. "This season I want to be a leader. Everyone talks about leading though and I'm more about leading with my actions."

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side, but that should be rectified next month when coaches can get out on the road and see prospects in person.

"Arizona State has been looking at me," Peko said. "I also have some interest in Michigan State where a couple of my cousins have gone that are now in the pros."

Peko is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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