[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer N.C. State linebacker Michael Peek has landed at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
Peek, 6-2, 222, announced in January that he was leaving the Wolfpack.
The Grayson, Ga. native played in 13 games for the Wolfpack as a true freshman in 2011, totaling seven tackles and a sack. He opened last fall as the second string weak side linebacker, but wound up missing all of the season with a torn ACL.
Since leaving N.C. State, Peek was back home working at a fitness center, unsure of his football future. A connection with former high school teammate Shattle Fenteng, now a highly recruited cornerback for Hutchinson, changed that.
“(Fenteng) was home for break and he asked me if I was gonna play football anywhere,” Peek said. “I told him that I wasn’t and he kept telling me that if I came to (Hutchinson) I wouldn’t regret it, and that it would be a good opportunity to get recruited.
“… I told Shattle I’d think about it, and about the time that I had to clean the bathrooms [at the fitness center]. I thought to myself, “Why am I cleaning toilets when I can play ball somewhere?” So I got the coaches numbers from him and the next thing I know I’m driving 17 hours to Hutchinson, Kansas.”
Peek arrived at Hutchinson in early June and will play his sophomore season for the Blue Dragons. He will be ready to transfer in December, and is hopeful for an opportunity.
“I haven’t contacted any schools yet but I would love to play in the SEC first and foremost, Big 12, Pac 12, but anywhere really,” he said. “I think it would be great to play at UCLA. I’m a lifelong Falcons fan so I think it would be awesome to play for Jim Mora.”
After a difficult 2012, Peek needed some time at home to recharge his batteries.
“The reason I left NC State was that it just felt like a perfect storm of bad things all at once,” he said. “I tore my ACL two weeks before our first game, and I was going to get some good playing time, then the coaching staff got fired. I wasn’t taking school seriously. I was homesick.
“It all just kinda got me down, so I thought it would be best for me to go home and take as long as I needed to figure things out.”
Now Peek says he is focused on helping the Blue Dragons win a championship. He is the third former N.C. State player to transfer to Hutchinson this offseason, joining former Wolfpack offensive linemen Quincy McKinney (6-3, 309) and Eddie Gordon (6-1, 320).
McKinney, a sophomore from Carver High in Columbus, Ga., was the heir apparent to senior Rob Crisp at left tackle, while Gordon, a redshirt freshman from Boiling Springs (N.C.) High, was a reserve guard.
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