Elite WR Charone Peake chooses Clemson over Georgia

The one that got away: WR Charone Peake picked Clemson over UGA.

The one that got away: Charone Peake, the No. 1 receiver in America according to the ESPNU 150 rankings, picked Clemson over UGA on Wednesday.

Georgia, on a roll in recruiting here lately, finally lost one on Wednesday.

Charone Peake, the Bulldogs’ top wide receiver target in the Class of 2011 — pretty much everybody’s top target, for that matter — unexpectedly committed to Clemson during an unofficial visit to the school campus Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound speedster had more than 50 offers but said he chose the Tigers over UGA.

“Yeah, he called me last night and told me he was going to go up to Clemson and commit,” Dave Gutshall, Peake’s coach at Dorman High School said. “It kind of caught me off guard because he’s got an offer from everybody in the country. Everybody in the SEC, everybody in the ACC, USC came through here twice, Notre Dame, Ohio State. The last time I talked to him he said he was going to narrow it to a top five. So I guess that went by the wayside.”

Peake explained that he had been leaning toward Clemson for a while and simply felt there was no reason to put off the decision any longer.

“I felt like it was the right decision for me so I felt like I didn’t need to wait anymore,” said Peake, reached by phone shortly after returning to his Spartanburg, S.C., home from Clemson Wednesday afternoon. “I made my decision, so I figured why wait?”

Peake is considered the No. 1 receiver in America, by ESPNU’s scouts, who give him a five-star rating and ranked him No. 12 overall. He’s ranked No. 5 and 6 in the nation at his position by Scout and Rivals, respectively. He caught 52 passes for 881 yards (16.9 average) and nine touchdowns as a junior at Dorman last season.

So Peake disappointed a lot of teams with his early decision. But he confirmed that it came down to Clemson and Georgia.

“Yeah, it was between them mainly,” he said. “I mean, I really felt good about [Georgia], too. I’ve just been involved with Clemson longer, since I was a freshman. I was a little bit more comfortable there.”

Asked what was his main attraction to the Tigers’ football program, he said: “Just how much of a family it is up there. I have a really good relationship with all the coaches.”

His main recruiter for Clemson was receivers coach Jeff Scott.

Peake admitted that the recruiting process had started to grate on him lately. So he doesn’t plan to keep entertaining the multitude of overtures he’s likely to continue to receive.

“I’m 100 percent with Clemson,” he said. “I’m pretty solid on it.”

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112 comments Add your comment

SavannahDawg

June 16th, 2010
3:42 pm

Can’t get them all. Good pick up for Clemson. Good luck to you Charone!

Rogers1

June 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

in comparison Da’Rick set the Georgia state record with 1641 receiving yards as a senior. Thats almost double.

Dawg Fan80

June 16th, 2010
3:45 pm

Does this kid have any teammates we can offer?Lets pull a Darick Rogers on Clemson.

DOWG

June 16th, 2010
3:46 pm

thats fine, not all will make to UGA, Good luck boi

Bulldog59

June 16th, 2010
3:47 pm

Not surprising, I think he made 3 consecutive weekend visits a while back (unofficial, where he paid the tab, so it was all legal.)

Great pickup for the Tigers. I don’t expect Lemay to give up on him just yet. But, the kid seems to want to “stay home.’

Jan Kemp

June 16th, 2010
3:47 pm

Good choice to pick Clemson and the ACC over Dawgtards and the South Eastern Cheaters.

The Knack

June 16th, 2010
3:51 pm

Good luck “My Charone”

gdawginkalamazoo

June 16th, 2010
3:55 pm

Good luck to the kid. Wants to play in-state. Can’t beat that.

1eyedJack

June 16th, 2010
4:01 pm

He’ll still get to beat Tech.

DDPO

June 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

If he didn’t sign with UGA, then UGA didn’t want him!!!!!!!

hammerhead

June 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

Can’t get ‘em all, but this would have been a great commitment for the dawgs. Immediate need at WR. Congrats to the orange clad kitties.

BigTimeTECHFan

June 16th, 2010
4:03 pm

whoa, Clemson is racking up.

hammerhead

June 16th, 2010
4:03 pm

<<– Laughing at 1eyedJack comment – classic.

Dawglasville

June 16th, 2010
4:05 pm

Can’t blame a kid for staying close to home. Good luck

The General Feeling

June 16th, 2010
4:06 pm

“I’m 100 percent with Clemson,” he said. “I’m pretty solid on it.”

Pretty solid?

Bulldog59

June 16th, 2010
4:08 pm

General Feeling…..the “pretty solid” statement made me wonder too. 100% = solid, not pretty solid.

smoore54

June 16th, 2010
4:09 pm

Good luck Charone. Have to respect a kid that makes a decision that feels right for him. I wish him success.

Dawgs will pick up a WR that’s right for them. I have no worries.

FRED

June 16th, 2010
4:09 pm

GOOD LUCK KID I HOPED YOU WOULD PLAY WITH THE MEN IN THE SEC.

GTax

June 16th, 2010
4:11 pm

HAHAHA…forget it dawgs…UGA lost him..move on. He’s solid.

shankit

June 16th, 2010
4:11 pm

Congratulations to Clemson, but also to the Dawgs, being considered one of two teams
out of fifty actually says a lot about Richt’s current program.

Sioux Brave

June 16th, 2010
4:12 pm

I dont mind as much when a recruit wants to stay home, good luck with the kitty’s beat the CHICKENS

greg

June 16th, 2010
4:13 pm

congrats to the young man. I wish him all the luck in the world unless he’s playing the Dawgs. It wasn’t, however, unexpected. He has been a Clemson lean for a long time. Would have loved to have him, but you can’t blame him for staying in state.

JB

June 16th, 2010
4:17 pm

Did he get to spend anytime with the offensive coach’s at Georgia Tech……No short list…..
they throw about 110 times……………….A YEAR…LOL Good luck to the young man.

Amsterdam Sam

June 16th, 2010
4:18 pm

This UGA graduate wishes you the best of luck Peake. I understand your wanting to play for the home boys. I apologize for the haters who are jealous of your success earned by hard work and feel as sorry for them as I do the classless dude or dudette using the Jan Kemp moniker. All the vitriol (go look it up) I do not understand. Only loosers resort to name calling. It seems this is all you are able to do. Maybe someday you can argue your point with – points worth making.

BullyMack

June 16th, 2010
4:19 pm

Sorry to see him go. Oh well, not sure what the allure with Clemson is for a top flight WR. Hope you get the rock kid despite them selling two top RB’s in this class they will be getting the ball ealry and often ala Spiller.

destin dawg

June 16th, 2010
4:19 pm

good for Clemson and Charone… more kids would have success in school & sports staying in home state… close to friends & Family… Go Dawgs !!!

1eyedJack

June 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

Though it would have been great to have him, we already have 3 in the bag. Next WR target? Rashad Greene? And what is the deal with DaVaris Daniels? He’s a legacy and no offer? What’s up with that? Attitude problems?

papadawg

June 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

I don’t understand with all the offers he received, WHY Clemson

dap01

June 16th, 2010
4:22 pm

He will beat Tech no matter if he goes to UGA or Clemson.

papadawg

June 16th, 2010
4:22 pm

Oh my bad he’s staying close to home, Mama won again

Denver Dawg

June 16th, 2010
4:25 pm

“loosers”? MY Dawg brother, you should go look THAT one up.

Paul in RDU

June 16th, 2010
4:26 pm

I love the comments about how Clemson will beat GT. GT has only won 6 out of the last 7 match ups and Clemson’s rising SR’s are 0-4 against GT

1eyedJack

June 16th, 2010
4:27 pm

The bloom is off the rose Paul.

@1eyed Dbag

June 16th, 2010
4:28 pm

GT has beat Clemson 4 out of 5 and lead the all time series by a significant margin. Nice try idiot!

Paul in RDU

June 16th, 2010
4:28 pm

Good luck to the kid whereever he goes. Being from Spartanburg it’s tough for him to turn down Clemson, but he would have a better HC at UGA.

Pago Pago Dawg

June 16th, 2010
4:29 pm

Word on the street…..the DAWGS weren’t really after him all that much.

1eyedJack

June 16th, 2010
4:30 pm

@1eyed Dbag

That’s history @1eyed Dbag, just like 8 out of 9.

Tampadawg

June 16th, 2010
4:32 pm

all i want for christmas is a isaiah crowell !! and maybe a wilder jr

TROTTINGHOME

June 16th, 2010
4:34 pm

I’m glad Momma won.

From UGA man, class of 71 & 73

June 16th, 2010
4:38 pm

Hey Clemson ……..

Nice pick up. We will move on then. More fish in that old polluted sea, I guess.

Go Dogs

Matt the Brave

June 16th, 2010
4:40 pm

Hey, good for him for wanting to stay close to home. Wish we could’ve gotten him, but we can’t win them all!

Me

June 16th, 2010
4:44 pm

Oh well….there goes the “Dream Team”!!

Iceman

June 16th, 2010
4:49 pm

Ah well, you can’t get em all.

Bulldog59

June 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

Vaughters announces tomorrow doesn’t he? Unfortunately, expect that to be Stanford or Ohio State. UGA made the final cut, but don’t think we made the final choice.

DawginLex

June 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

In-state kid stays home. Good for him.

Another nail in the Spurrier coffin and he will get to beat Tech.

BG

June 16th, 2010
4:51 pm

Peake chooses Clemson over Georgia and 49 other colleges!!!

the TRUTH

June 16th, 2010
5:00 pm

Pull the UGA on tech…run for several touchdowns. LOL Ga Tech are a bunch of sorry losers.

knoxdawg

June 16th, 2010
5:00 pm

Wish you the best of luck. Just make sure you get your education cause that will go with you all your life. Football may end one day but your education will carry you on. Work hard because when you get to Clemson no one is gonna give you a starting position.

Clint

June 16th, 2010
5:04 pm

Tough loss for the Dawgs, but we can’t get them all. Good luck to him at Clemson.

VA DAWG

June 16th, 2010
5:11 pm

Good luck Mr. Peake, except when we play Clemson in the future. Can’t argue with a kid picking the school that’s best for HIM, but I wish we could have gotten him. The last spot at wr looks to be open for Greene, if he wants it. GO DAWGS!