Last Thursday, I made the trip to Akron Manchester to watch OC Tim Matteo and junior QB Nick Peyakov. First saw both of them last fall at a playoff game in Ravenna. Think that West Virginia stole Matteo from Ohio. Potential to be a very good lineman at WVU. Really wanted to evaluate QB prospect Nick Peyakov(213).
Last year I arrived at half time and did not see Nick in pregame. Actually watched him warm-up on the sidelines to start the second half. Good footwork and liked his release. Saw him at the Ohio State Camp this summer. Honestly, he struggled some. More nerves than anything else. Did not throw with any zip or rpm. Ball just did not spin. Still liked his feet. Still liked his potential.
Last Thursday came away impressed. Still has to get stronger and continue to develop arm strength. Confidence is gaining and seems to understand the passing scheme. Always like his footwork and release. Nick makes plays and finds open receivers. Nick will not "wow me" in warm-ups and drills. But in the game, he gets it done. Makes plays and completes passes. Comes up under center and takes direct snaps, which is a plus. Call him a "gamer."
Needs reps, but has a bright future. Love his QB instincts. As he gets bigger and stronger, he will continue to get better. His QB coach is excellent.