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Peak to be a Hokie

DUBLIN — Pulaski County High School running back Nubian Peak will likely commit to Virginia Tech this evening. The offer of a full ride to play football for the Hokies came Sunday evening from running back coach Billy Hite.
Peak participated in a camp at Tech last Saturday where the Hokies wanted to get a close look at the Cougar speedster. When Peak clocked an electronically timed 4.39, 40-yard dash, that pretty much convinced head coach Frank Beamer that the Hokies should offer Peak.
Peak was happy to receive the opportunity. “Yes, Tech called and offered me a football scholarship Sunday evening. I’m real happy about it, but I wanted to talk with my parents  about things before I accepted. I’ve been a Tech fan for a long time, and I have followed the team. I always hoped I’d get the opportunity to play Division 1 college football,’’ said Peak at the Cougar Fieldhouse Monday afternoon.
Peak will of course still have his senior season to play at Pulaski County where he has already put up some good numbers. His freshman season he ran 26 times for 182 yards, caught two passes for 98, and scored twice for 12 points. His sophomore season he carried the pigskin 124 times for 706 yards with his longest scoring run being 61 yards. He caught two passes for 15 and scored four touchdowns for 24 points.
Last year as a junior Peak really started to turn it on with 1,349 yards on 158 rushing attempts, over an eight-yard average per carry. He caught 11 passes for 296 more yards, and scored 16 touchdowns for 96 points. His longest scoring run came from 75 yards out.
So far, Peak’s career numbers are 2,237 yards rushing, 409 yards receiving, 2,646 total yards, and 22 touchdowns for 132 points.
Peak was “Offensive Player of the Year’’ in the River Ridge District last season as well as being named the first team running back on the All-Region 4 team.
Tech’s plans for Peak are a little uncertain. The Hokies consider him like most schools, an all-purpose back who can catch equally as well as run. It is likely he could see time at tailback, in the slot, and even flanked wide.
There had earlier been some question about Peak’s strength and size, however, he’s a hard worker in the weight room and is now almost 6 feet, 190 pounds with outstanding strength.
Pulaski County coach Jack Turner was of course happy for his player. “Nubian has worked very hard for three years. He wanted an opportunity and he was willing to work to get it. He has a lot of natural talent, but he has matured physically and mentally, and that has allowed him to improve even more. Nubian is a well-rounded young man. He’s not only a good football player, but he’s outstanding in the classroom and in his community. It’s always nice to see good things come to good kids, and Nubian is a good kid and we’re proud of him,’’ said Turner.
As is often the case, as soon as one school offers others start to take notice. It is likely that Peak will continue to receive attention from other schools throughout the coming football season. North Carolina has already come calling since Tech made its offer.
Peak and his teammates open the 2008 football season in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium on Friday evening, Aug. 22 against Northside. That is also the evening that the playing field in Dobson Stadium will be named after former Pulaski County Head Coach Joel Hicks. 

Peak to be a Hokie

DUBLIN — Pulaski County High School running back Nubian Peak will likely commit to Virginia Tech this evening. The offer of a full ride to play football for the Hokies came Sunday evening from running back coach Billy Hite.
Peak participated in a camp at Tech last Saturday where the Hokies wanted to get a close look at the Cougar speedster. When Peak clocked an electronically timed 4.39, 40-yard dash, that pretty much convinced head coach Frank Beamer that the Hokies should offer Peak.
Peak was happy to receive the opportunity. “Yes, Tech called and offered me a football scholarship Sunday evening. I’m real happy about it, but I wanted to talk with my parents  about things before I accepted. I’ve been a Tech fan for a long time, and I have followed the team. I always hoped I’d get the opportunity to play Division 1 college football,’’ said Peak at the Cougar Fieldhouse Monday afternoon.
Peak will of course still have his senior season to play at Pulaski County where he has already put up some good numbers. His freshman season he ran 26 times for 182 yards, caught two passes for 98, and scored twice for 12 points. His sophomore season he carried the pigskin 124 times for 706 yards with his longest scoring run being 61 yards. He caught two passes for 15 and scored four touchdowns for 24 points.
Last year as a junior Peak really started to turn it on with 1,349 yards on 158 rushing attempts, over an eight-yard average per carry. He caught 11 passes for 296 more yards, and scored 16 touchdowns for 96 points. His longest scoring run came from 75 yards out.
So far, Peak’s career numbers are 2,237 yards rushing, 409 yards receiving, 2,646 total yards, and 22 touchdowns for 132 points.
Peak was “Offensive Player of the Year’’ in the River Ridge District last season as well as being named the first team running back on the All-Region 4 team.
Tech’s plans for Peak are a little uncertain. The Hokies consider him like most schools, an all-purpose back who can catch equally as well as run. It is likely he could see time at tailback, in the slot, and even flanked wide.
There had earlier been some question about Peak’s strength and size, however, he’s a hard worker in the weight room and is now almost 6 feet, 190 pounds with outstanding strength.
Pulaski County coach Jack Turner was of course happy for his player. “Nubian has worked very hard for three years. He wanted an opportunity and he was willing to work to get it. He has a lot of natural talent, but he has matured physically and mentally, and that has allowed him to improve even more. Nubian is a well-rounded young man. He’s not only a good football player, but he’s outstanding in the classroom and in his community. It’s always nice to see good things come to good kids, and Nubian is a good kid and we’re proud of him,’’ said Turner.
As is often the case, as soon as one school offers others start to take notice. It is likely that Peak will continue to receive attention from other schools throughout the coming football season. North Carolina has already come calling since Tech made its offer.
Peak and his teammates open the 2008 football season in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium on Friday evening, Aug. 22 against Northside. That is also the evening that the playing field in Dobson Stadium will be named after former Pulaski County Head Coach Joel Hicks.