Peak Reflects on College Choice

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Pulaski County High School (Dublin, VA) star Nubian Peak recalls the time he received a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech and his subsequent commitment to the Hokies as a situation “that really came fast.” Peak-to-Virginia Tech came about quickly, but it certainly wasn’t as fast as the time he ran at Tech’s June 7th camp, where he blazed to a hand-timed sub-4.3 time in the 40-yard dash in front of Tech’s coaches.

“The first time I ran it I ran a 4.31,” said the 5-11, 190-pound Peak, who would receive an offer from Tech on June 9th and commit on June 10th. “The coaches said that was pretty fast. They waited for me to run it again. I ran a faster time, a 4.25 or 4.27 or something. I’m sure it surprised some people because it was the fastest time they’ve seen up there at camp this year. I was psyched about it. I felt pretty good. I knew I could run a 4.3, but I thought it was mid-to-high 4.3. I just felt good that day.

“I think [the Virginia Tech coaches] knew who I was before that day, but I do think I surprised them. I think they knew I was fast, but not that fast. They probably thought I would run a 4.5 or something like that.”

A Virginia Tech fan growing up – he attended each of Virginia Tech’s home games last season – Peak didn’t need much time to accept Tech’s scholarship offer.

“I had a couple of other schools in mind, but obviously Virginia Tech is one of the best schools in the ACC,” said Peak. “They were the ACC champ last year. I don’t see others competing with them right now. If I took my time I probably would’ve gotten passed over because they have landed some good commitments since then. It was a no-brainer for me.”

Peak, a first-team all-River Ridge district selection last season as a junior, is a versatile athlete who likely will play wide receiver at Virginia Tech. In addition to rushing for 1,349 yards (an 8.5 yard-per-carry average) and scoring a total of 16 touchdowns last season, Peak hauled in 11 receptions for 296 yards as well. He does not feel as though receiver would be a big transition

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