Pegues making big waves on college football recruiting trail

January 11, 2016

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Kenny Pegues

The phone is ringing off the hook with college football coaches calling Kenny Pegues of Eagle River.

The 19-year-old Chabot College defensive star is being recruited by big schools like Big Ten power Ohio State as well as other D1s like Central Florida, Utah State and Montana.

“The worst part is not knowing where you are going,” Pegues told me. “Waiting every night for a phone call and you get zero; you really start questioning if you’re good at what you do and whether you should pick a different route in life.”

It’s ironic because Pegues kept opposing offensive coordinator’s on pins and needles during his JC career.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive specialist has the skill set to play multiple positions from nose tackle and defensive end and the physical ability to rush the passer and stop the run.

“What makes coaches even more intrigued about my game is I have phenomenal get off and I’m gone before I can get blocked,” he said. “Being undersized, you have to excel in more areas for a coach to wanna take a chance.”

Pegues, of Chugiak High fame, was an all-state stud for the Mustangs; however, he wasn’t especially recruited by college coaches despite his versatility.

“Out of high school it’s hard because we’re so isolated from the States,” he said. “Coaches think kids’ talent levels up here are not comparable to kids down there, which is very wrong.”

At Chabot College, Pegues recorded 61 tackles and 11 sacks in 17 career games. Eighteen of his tackles were for loss.

The Gladiators of Hayward, California, discovered the diamond in Pegues and now he’s a sparkling recruit ready to shine in the big time.

“I’ve worked so hard and put in so much time in the weight room and going over techniques and perfecting my craft,” he said. “You just know when you’re ready to take the next step and you just don’t look back.”