On location with Charone Peake

Charone Peake

ROEBUCK, S.C. – CUTigers.com's Hale McGranahan is traveling around the southeast visiting with some of the top college prospects in the country. Wednesday's stop? The top high school program in South Carolina: Dorman.

WR Charone Peake Profile

The Clemson staff seems to have identified Dorman wide receiver as a must-have in the 2011 class.

Of course, head coach Dabo Swinney, recruiting coordinator/wide receiver coachJeff Scott offensive coordinator Billy Napier have done so for good reason too.

A four-star prospect according to Scout.com, Peake is also ranked as the No. 7 wide receiver in the entire 2011 class.

Dorman coach Dave Gutshall is more than excited that he gets one more season with Peake, who hauled in 57 catches for 870 yards and nine touchdowns as junior.


"There's no doubt. He's magical when he gets the ball in his hands," Gutshall said. "I think the big difference with Charone, besides being real fast, is he's such a tailback once he catches the ball. He gets into that open field and he's hard to tackle." - Dorman head coach Dave Gutshall (Hale McGranahan)
"There's no doubt. He's magical when he gets the ball in his hands," Gutshall said. "I think the big difference with Charone, besides being real fast, is he's such a tailback once he catches the ball. He gets into that open field and he's hard to tackle. For a guy that's 6-4, that's different. Those guys are usually not the jitterbug-type athletes. He brings that to the field with that height and that speed. That makes him rather special."

Off the field, Peake's just as attractive.

"He's a good student for one. He's got over a 3.0 average. He's a yes sir, no sir kid. The work ethic is unbelievable and one of the hardest workers in the weight room…I can't think of any negatives he's got," Gutshall said. "He's a can't miss-type kid."

That unique blend of game breaking talent along with the off the field intangibles have coaches from all across the country flocking to Dorman for a look in person.

"It's been a parade," Gutshall said.

Clemson, Auburn, North Carolina and LSU have already been by. Florida watched practice Wednesday. Notre Dame and Southern California are coming next week.

"We always see the ACC and SEC schools in this neighborhood," Gutshall said. "Never like this nationally. From Nebraska to Wisconsin—Michigan has been here twice."

For Peake, there are five that still stick out: Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Southern California and North Carolina.


"I'm really liking Clemson and Georgia a lot, but Southern Cal is also in that mix too," Peake said. (Hale McGranahan)
"I'm really liking Clemson and Georgia a lot, but Southern Cal is also in that mix too," he said.

"There's no order. It's not a locked in top five yet."

This summer, Peake plans to attend camp at both Clemson and Georgia. Outside of that, he's yet to nail down any other plans for summer visits.

Several factors stick out as he works toward making his decision before the start of next season.

"Great coaching and somewhere that I will want to be all the time because I'm going to be there for the next four years of my life," Peake said.

Scott, the main recruiter from Clemson, last spoke with Peake on Monday.

"He was talking about how they've been recruiting and he was also asking about my family, how they're doing," Peake said.

Before he signs anywhere, Peake would like to knock out a couple of goals while he's still at Dorman.

"My goal is to win another state title and just do what I'm supposed to do," he said.

Individually, he wants to eclipse a milestone that he's yet reach at Dorman.

"I want to at least hit 1,000 yards. I haven't hit it yet, since I've been here," Peake said. "We've just had a lot of talent here."

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