Nevada remains in the mix for one of the top quarterbacks in the 2021 recruiting class.
Chayden Peery, the No. 14-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2021 class, cut his list of schools to nine Sunday, and that included the Wolf Pack.
The other schools making Peery's cut were Boise State, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt. One of Nevada's big draws for Peery is the fact the Wolf Pack was the first school to offer him a scholarship.
“Nevada was my first offer and you always remember that school and I’m really close with them as well," Peery told 247Sports.com. "If I can take visits in June, then I'll be able to make my decision sometime in July."
Peery's only recruiting trip so far has been at Boise State. Visits have been shut down since then due to the coronavirus, but Peery said he wants to make a decision on where he will play this summer.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Peery will be a four-year starter for Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) High, which was one of the nation's top high schools last season. Peery, who has 25 scholarship offers, has raised his stock sharply over the last year. He is listed as a high three-star recruit and the No. 549 prospect in the 2021 class.
Peery has completed 522-of-860 passes (60.7 percent) in his high school career, throwing for 7,972 yards, 50 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. During his junior season, when Sierra Canyon made it to the CIF I-AA state title game, Peery completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns and one interception as the Trailblazers went 14-2. The team finished 58th in the MaxPreps.com rankings.
The Wolf Pack has a strong relationship with Peery and Sierra Canyon, which has already had one player commit to Nevada in the 2021 class (linebacker Drue Watts). Sierra Canyon alum Tyler Stewart also played for Nevada from 2013-16, and both Peery and Stewart played for Trailblazers coach Jon Ellinghouse in high school.
Peery told 247Sports.com he'd like to make all five of his official visits, but that might not be possible if the NCAA continues to limit recruiting activity amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Hopefully I can take some trips before I make a decision,” Peery told 247Sports. “It’s tough right now because we can’t take visits and it’s forcing a lot of guys to make decisions without seeing the school. I would love to even take some unofficials if I can. I could hit Georgia Tech and then drive to Vandy and Louisville. I would love to get to NC State and Kansas too.
“The only school I’ve seen among that final nine is Boise State. Being a quarterback, most schools are only going to take one guy so it forces your hand a little. That’s why I really want to take some trips but if not, I still plan to make a summer decision. I will have to do it without seeing the school unfortunately, unless it’s Boise State, so we’ll see what happens.”
"Georgia Tech, Vandy and Louisville are three schools I really want to see. I have the best relationship with those three schools plus Boise State. I probably talk with Louisville more then anyone, so I really want to get out there. I have a great relationship with Louisiana too. Coach (Ryan) O’Hara was my first QB coach and he’s there now and we’re really close."
Peery said the fact he's visited Boise State won't play a huge role in his decision and he will make his decision based on relationships with the staff and the area he can be developed the best. If he committed to Nevada, Peery would likely be the heir apparent to Carson Strong, who won the Wolf Pack's starting job as a redshirt freshman. Nevada is expected to take at least one quarterback in the 2021 class, and already has offered local quarterback Drew Scolari, the Bishop Manogue standout and grandson of former Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault.