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Sunday, January 19, 2014
ESPN Junior 300 WR has top five

By Gerry Hamilton

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- If there is a singular position that defines the annual tryouts for the South Florida Express, it’s wide receiver. On Saturday, many of the top young receiver prospects were on hand to take a shot at making the prestigious team, including Devante Peete (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas).

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Peete played his sophomore season at Blanche Ely High, flashing his high-ceiling potential before transferring to Saint Thomas Aquinas for his junior campaign.

Now having established himself as one of South Florida’s highest upside prospects in the Class of 2015, the No. 79-ranked prospect overall has a laundry list of verbal offers.

“I’m big in the recruiting process right now,” Peete said. “Over the last few months and after the football season, I’ve been blowing up. I’m getting scholarship offers from all over the country, meeting a lot of coaches and learning about a lot of new schools.”

While Peete has a long ways to go before making a decision, he already has five schools that are standing out above the rest.

“Right now, I’m going to say my top five is Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Florida State and Miami.”

Peete broke down his current top five.

Alabama: “Those guys are great. They play winning football, tough football, and Nick Saban produces a lot of top players that go to the NFL.”

LSU: “What I like about LSU is they have a lot of wide receivers making a lot of big plays and putting up a lot of yards. The receivers this season really impressed me.”

Ohio State: “I went out to watch them practice when they were getting ready to play Clemson. I went out there two or three days and watched them, and I like their environment -- how they got it going with the receivers and the coaches, and how coach Urban Meyer is with the players.”

Florida State: “They recruit big receivers like Kelvin Benjamin. I feel like I could go there and help be a replacement for him. I feel like I could go out there with all the other big-time players and get it done.”

Miami (Fla.): “I’ve been liking Miami since I was a kid. My whole family is pretty much Miami fans, so I watched those guys growing up. Now, it’s just fun being in the recruiting process with Miami.”

Peete is attacking the recruiting process with a singular goal.

“I’m just looking for a good receivers coach, a good defensive backs coach that will make it tough on me every day in practice. Just overall, my main focus is a place that will help me get better each and every day and hopefully make it to the next level," he said.

Peete is the No. 8-ranked wide receiver in the junior class and the No. 15 overall prospect in Florida.