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August 31, 2011During the preseason, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien said that the hope was to redshirt the entire 2011 recruiting class outside of the three specialists that will handle the kicking game.
Two rookies however changed those plans with their reliable play during preseason camp, and they happen to be the last two prospects to join State's recruiting class: cornerback Tyrrell Burriss and linebacker Michael Peek.
Peek, who starred at Grayson (Ga.) High, received an offer from NC State sometime in January, literally weeks before national signing day. Before then, Peek admitted he was pretty set on going to Navy.
"I wasn't 100 percent, but I liked [Navy] a lot, but when I came up here I liked it a lot, too. It just felt right," Peek said.
"It was a late pickup as far as an offer. I just came up and visited. I loved what I saw. I loved the program, the coaching staff, everything, and it just felt like the right place to be."
Peek said one of his goals was fulfilled when he signed with NC State: the chance to play in a major conference. Another goal was to get on the field quickly. That was accomplished when Peek landed on the depth chart released Monday as the second string stronside linebacker. Peek will also play on special teams.
"I'm just working hard, trying to do my best to learn what I need to learn," Peek said. "I'm just going to keep working.
"That was definitely a goal to try to get on the field as fast as I could. That was exciting, but like I said I am going to keep working, keep trying, try my best to keep improving."
A successful summer working with the strength and conditioning program played a major role in getting Peek ready for preseason camp. He estimated that he is almost 6-foot-2 and checks in between 210 -215 pounds. The speed of the game has been an adjustment for Peek, like all freshmen, but his main objective now is to be ready for Saturday's opener against Liberty.
"I'm going to keep preparing myself every way I can, but when it comes game time, it's game time," Peek said. "I just got to play.
"I know I'll be pumped. I know I'll be excited. You can't really expect anything because I am going to be blown away by everything."
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