Although he tweaked his shoulder late in the first half and was held out the rest of the game, Wisconsin commit Jazz Peavy and Kenosha Tremper improved to 2-0 on the season with a 34-30 victory over Racine Case Friday
Known for his tremendous athleticism, Peavy was able to showcase his electrifying speed briefly with a kickoff return into Case territory before injuring his shoulder.
That speed is what separates Peavy from other high school players according to Kenosha Tremper Head Coach Frank Matrise.
"Jazz is an excellent athlete," Matrise explained. "He works hard. He's the epitome of a student athlete. That's what you want in a young man.
"He's worked really hard this off-season to make himself a better athlete. You want your son to grow up like a Jazz Peavy."
Peavy earned his scholarship offer from the Badgers at Wisconsin's camp last June. The Nation's No. 116 ranked athlete, per the 247 composite, also received offers from Central Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming prior to his commitment.
With limited scholarships available in the class of 2013, Peavy pulled out all the stops to receive an offer from Head Coach Bret Bielema, eventually leading to his commitment less than a minute later.
"It was probably one of the most exciting days of my life, along with his, Matrise said. "I was there when he was offered. There was probably not even a 10 second delay in his commitment. It was one of the greatest days I've even been around. I'm really happy for him.
"That was his dream school. What a great coach to go play for in Bret Bielema. There's nobody I respect more in the game of college football than him. I just think Jazz is happy and I hope I'm preparing Jazz for the future."
In less than a year, Peavy turned himself from just an athlete into a division one football caliber player.
"I think his work ethic got stronger," Matrise said. "He really dedicated himself to wanting to become a better football player. Going out everyday, getting in the weight room, doing all those small things.
"He's really worked on those little things he's supposed to do to be a better athlete."
Matrise admits that Peavy won't be able to get by with just his speed at the next level. Still the 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete has just what it takes to keep progressing says Matrise.
"Speed," Matrise said. "That's the biggest quality he has. At that level, everyone's got that type of speed, so he's going to have to improve everyday.
"I think with him, he'll work and dedicate himself each and every day making himself a better athlete."
- Route running
- Special teams play
Areas of improvement
- Tackling form
247sports rating: 78 rating, No. 125 ranked athlete in the class of 2013, No. 10 ranked player in Wisconsin.
247 composite ratings: 79 rating, No. 116 ranked athlete in the class of 2013, No. 10 ranked player in Wisconsin.
I didn't get to see as much of Peavy as I would have liked, but I liked him as a prospect. He's uncertain which position he'll play for Wisconsin, but I definitely like him on special teams for sure. I think he could be a very dynamic weapon returning punts and kicks for Wisconsin when he arrives in Madison.
If I had to guess which position Peavy ends up at, I'll say wide receiver. He's the type of player that thrives with the ball in his hands and he's just too athletic to keep away from the ball in my opinion. I was also impressed with his route running as a receiver.
My rating: 82