March 20, 2010

Peake back in Athens - again

True to his word, Roebuck, S.C. receiver Charone Peake was back in Athens Saturday for Georgia's third Junior Day of the Year.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder with 15 offers told UGASports back on March 1 that he tentatively planned to return to Athens to check out the Bulldog program one more time.

That's exactly what he did, as he spent time not only talking it over with Georgia coaches but perhaps the Bulldogs' biggest star - wide receiver A.J. Green.

"I got to talk with A.J. Green and Tavarres King. I hadn't talked to them since I've been coming here," said Peake, who has now made five visits to UGA. "They said how much they liked it which is why they picked Georgia and how much they like the coaching staff and all that."

Peake, who lists Georgia, Clemson and Florida (in no particular order) as his favorite three schools - said he's always enjoyed coming to Athens.

"I just started to feel more comfortable with them," Peake said after leaving Athens. "I feel like I need to keep coming to get more comfortable with them."

He said it doesn't hurt that the Bulldogs feature a pro-style offense which gets the football to the receivers.

Peake said coaches have been honest with him, which he appreciates.

"They are just being honest with me, not saying 'Come here and I will start' or anything like that," he said. "They just say I got to work for my spot. And they know they don't have many receivers so I'll have a good chance to start when I get there."

Peake also spoke highly of receivers coach Tony Ball, who along with Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo showed him plenty of love.

"I think I stack up pretty high, especially at receiver. I want to someplace where I am wanted and needed," Peake said. "They will be low at receiver by the time I graduate. So that will be a good fit for me."

Peake's still unsure as to when he might make a decision as to his college of choice.

He plans on attending Clemson's upcoming spring game, but after that he plans on playing the process by ear.

"If I feel comfortable I will make it before the season starts, but if not I'll take my official visits and see how things go," he said.

Wherever he signs, Peake said it will be with the school where he feels most at home.

"I just want to feel comfortable wherever I am," he said.

But that's not all.

"All those receivers they were supposed to sign and didn't sign," he said. "That gave me an open spot."

Peake, who said he plans on using the summer to add some additional muscle to his 185-pound frame, said Green's eventual decision over whether to leave early for next year's NFL Draft won't affect his decision at all.

"Most likely A.J. might leave as a junior," Peake said. "But if he stays for his senior year, it won't make my decision."

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