The recruitment of Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive back Robert Peele has been a little out of the ordinary for the past month and took another strange turn this past week.
Peele, 5-11, 180 pounds is a talented cover corner and one of the top players in the West region. USC has been Peele's dream school for the past couple of years so when the Trojans offered him a scholarship back in October, he committed on the spot.
Peele labeled his commitment as a soft commit and said he still wanted to take a trip to Cal before solidifying his decision. After visiting Berkeley (Nov. 19), Peele came home and said the Bears were now his leader. That apparently ruffled some feathers back at SC.
"I was supposed to visit SC last weekend but they canceled it and said they weren't recruiting me anymore," Peele said. "I'm not exactly sure what the whole story was there, my coaches have a better handle on it than I do."
We caught up with longtime Edison DB coach Tony Perry who filled us in.
"USC wasn't happy when Robert started saying Cal was his leader," Perry said. "They said they wanted to go in a different direction and were going to use Robert's scholarship to go get a defensive end. Robert is still going to take some more visits but Cal is a big leader right now."
Peele said he plans to visit Arizona (Jan. 14) and UCLA (Jan. 21).
"I think my coaches set a visit for (Jan. 7) too but I don't remember where that one is to," Peele added. "Cal is my leader but I'm going to take all my visits. Arizona has been recruiting me really hard for a long time so I want to check them out. With UCLA, Robert (Breazell, former teammate) has been calling a lot and he really likes it a lot at UCLA and told me I need to come out for a visit. I'll probably make my decision around Signing Day."