Almost three years ago, a sophomore wide receiver named A.J. Green made a name for himself as the most talented player in South Carolina. Fast forward to 2009, and another top playmaker has hit the scene as one of the best for 2011.
Charon Peake, from Dorman High School in Spartanburg South Carolina, has already reeled in four verbal offers, including one from Georgia and he has not even completed his tenth grade year. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver has now put himself on the map, and coaches are calling everyday now. His coach at Dorman, David Gutshall, says he has already drawn the comparisons to the aforementioned Green.
"Peake is a tall and rangy receiver who is very explosive," said Gutshall. "He has started since he came in as a freshman, and averaged 15 yards per touch this year. We use him a lot on reverses, and he is the most explosive player I have ever coached."
"I can see why he has been compared to Green, but it does put a lot of pressure on the young man. He is handling it very well though."
Along with Georgia, Gutshall confirmed his prized 10th grader had verbal offers from UNC, Clemson, South Carolina and Maryland. The head coach of the young playmaker says it is too early to tell which way Peake may lean.
"I feel at this stage, he is wide open. I know he plans to visit the UGA campus again in a couple weeks, and that he will take lots of unofficial visits this spring," Gutshall said.
Peake, who attended Georgia's Junior Day two weeks ago, said that although he had received offers already, this one was a surprise.
"I went there for Junior Day, then they offered me the Monday after. It really feels good, especially coming from a team that started off number one last year," Peake said. "I met a lot of the coaches while in Athens, and I felt we connected really well."
Although his team is primarily a running team, Peake was still a focal point of the offense. He feels their offense actually helped him prepare for his future as a college receiver.
"Most of my contributions were rushing yards, but I still had a good season," the Spartanburg native said. "I feel my speed and my blocking have become two of my strengths as a player. And my route running became better because I had to make sure each pass play counted."
Georgia was one of the most potent offenses in the country last year. The Bulldogs featured a freshman receiver in Green who led the SEC in receiving yards, backing up all of his accolades he brought from South Carolina. Peake's early success on the field coupled with his size had drawn many comparisons to the former Summerville star.
"I get compared to him a lot," says Peake. "To me, it feels good being compared to an impact freshman like Green."
While Green gave an early commitment to the Bulldogs early in his junior year, Peake does not plan to do the same at this point.
"I probably will wait a while, maybe till I am a senior," Peake admitted.
While the in-state schools were childhood favorites, he has not limited himself to staying too close to home/
"Growing up I liked the Southern Cal, South Carolina, and Clemson," said Peake. "It all depends really, I feel going out of state is not too bad as long as it is not too far away."
Peake was a threat to score on the ground and in the air, and the sophomore says he liked the similarities between himself and the Bulldogs on offense.
"Georgia is really good, with all those playmakers they had last year," he said. "The offense featured two receivers, who both had over 900 yards, and their running back did well too, they were very balanced."
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