Royal Palm Beach running back Zack Brown has orally committed to the University of Wisconsin.
Brown is the second back this year from Royal Palm Beach that will head to a Division I-A school as his backfield mate, Brandon Pendergrass, already has committed to Wake Forest.
In 12 games this season, Brown rushed for 1,097 yards on 127 carries and scored 15 touchdowns. His final decision came down to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pittsburgh.
"It's a nice area, and I really get along with the coaches and players," Brown said. "And the running tradition is something that never changes there. Their big offensive lines will always be there, too."
Brown visited Madison, Wis., during Royal Palm Beach's bye week, the first week in October. He plans to be in attendance for the Capital One Bowl at Orlando on Jan. 1 to watch Wisconsin play Arkansas.
Royal Palm's Brown commits to Wisconsin: Running back Zach Brown of Royal Palm Beach has made an oral commitment to sign a football scholarship with Wisconsin.
The 5-foot-10, 198-pound senior rushed for 1,066 yards and scored 16 touchdowns for the district champion Wildcats this season. He has been selected to play in the Outback Steakhouse All-Star game Dec. 16 at Royal Palm High's Palms West Hospital Stadium.
Dayton Daily News
December 08, 2006
TROTWOOD'S PEAKE PICKS WISCONSIN; DEFENSIVE BACK FEELS HE'LL BE ABLE TO PLAY SOON FOR THE BADGERS
Written by Dave Long, Staff Writer
TROTWOOD ? Add C.J. Peake to the growing list of defensive backs from Trotwood-Madison High School to get Division I football scholarships.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound safety has given a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin. He picked the Badgers, who went 11-1 this season, over Michigan State, Boston College, Tennessee, West Virginia and Louisville.
"I felt like Wisconsin was my best opportunity to come in and play right away," Peake said. "They lose four guys at safety. I liked the campus and was impressed by the facilities when I took my visit. They're always one of the best defensive teams in the country."
Peake, a first-team Division II All-Ohio pick, is ranked as the No. 3 safety in the state behind Eugene Clifford of Colerain and Nate Oliver of Lakewood St. Edward ? both headed for Ohio State. He's ranked No. 19 nationally by the Rivals.com Web site.
Peake is the fourth DB from Trotwood in the last three years to get a D-I full ride. Several other Rams safeties and cornerbacks went on to the Division II, III and NAIA levels after playing for T-M head coach Maurice Douglass, a former defensive back with the NFL's Chicago Bears.
"The hardest thing for me in college will probably be adjusting to the speed of the game," Peake said. "I'll have to improve my tackling and coverage, because everyone will be a lot bigger and faster."
Peake was recruited by Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Palcic, a University of Dayton graduate who coached at Carroll High School and UD. Peake's host for his visit was defensive back Shane Carter, a sophomore from Troy.
Peake is one of five current Trotwood players to give verbals to D-I colleges. The others are wide receiver Myke Sawyer, cornerback Shawn Knight and safety Marcus English to Eastern Michigan, and linebacker Tyson Patrick to Toledo.