Last week proved to be an exciting one for Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola defensive back Chad Peppars. First, the talented athlete picked up his first scholarship offer from one of the top programs in the Pac 10. Then on Saturday, Peppars and his Cub teammates defeated Esperanza, Anaheim 49-42 in the CIF Div I final in what was one of the best games of the year.
Peppars, a 5-11, 170 pound athlete plays both running back and defensive back and is getting looks on both sides of the ball. He was one of the top cover corners at the Nike camp in Oregon where he clocked a 4.58 in the 40 3.90 in the shuttle and jumped 35 inches in the vertical.
He has rushed for over 1,000 yards this past season and is a talented running back but projects even better as a cornerback in college in our eyes. He's a tough, physical player who can play or the run equally well.
We reported a couple of weeks ago that schools were starting to show a lot more attention in Peppars and now he has his first offer on the table.
"Last Tuesday, Coach Neil at Oregon came over for a home visit and offered a scholarship," Peppars said. "I'm going to visit there (Jan. 13) and I'm really excited about Oregon right now. They have a strong program and I've always wanted to play in the Pac 10.
"I also had a home visit with Boise State but they haven't offered me yet. Right now, I would like to let my recruitment play out a little more and see what other schools show some interest. I'm hoping to take more than just the one visit but I have no problem committing early to Oregon if it looks like they're the school that wants me the most. It's a great school and I like them a lot."
As for the Cubs CIF title, Peppars said he's still on a high from the game although finals this week has caused him to move his attention back to schoolwork pretty quickly.
"It was a great game to be a part of that's for sure," Peppars said. "At halftime, we were up pretty big and I thought we might run away with it but they came back on us. Those guys can really run the football and once they got it going, it was hard to stop them. When the game was over, I was so relieved and excited, what a great way to go out as a senior."