"The hurricane (Ike) wiped out a couple games and on top of that I got mono and missed 8 games this past season," said Peebles. "I missed 18 days of schools and when I got back I couldn't get strong enough for football. The doctors wouldn't let me play."
Once thought as one of the most promising underclassmen quarterbacks in Texas, Peebles will now have to show schools he is back and better then ever. Recently the 6'1, 190-pound gunslinger attended SMU's junior day and loved it.
"I really enjoyed it. I personally like SMU's offense and SMU has a really nice campus. I talked to their quarterback coach a bit and he seemed like a really nice guy," said Peebles. "At this point I would say SMU is my number one choice, followed by Texas Tech, TCU, and maybe UTEP."
Telling Ponystampede.com that if he got an offer from the Mustangs this summer he would probably accept, Peebles plans on attending the SMU summer camp. While the junior does not have any official offers, he is sure that most schools are waiting to see him workout this summer and possibly see a few games this fall.
"It would be nice to have a decision going into the season, but I will have to wait for some offers," said Peebles. "It would be nice not having to think about it during the season."
While at this time all of Peebles schools of interest are in the state of Texas, the Bearkat has no problem moving away from home if he has to.
"For a lot of people location is a problem. That is not really a problem for me. I don't mind where it is," said Peebles. "I'm really interested in what type of football program they have and what type of offense is running," said Peebles. "I would also like to know what kind of school they have because I want to major in business."
Peebles will return to lead a team that finished the 2008 season 4-6 overall and 4-3 in conference.
"We had a really young team last year, so we have a lot of guys coming back. I think we have a great shot at winning districts," said Peebles. "We have always been a wing-T offense, which I'm not really suited for, so the coaches have been working a little on the shotgun formation. I really think we will start to throw the ball a little more."
This summer Peebles will try to get to 195 pounds by adding muscle and will also try to drop his 4.9-forty.
I need to drop my forty-time down a bit, but my real focus is quickness. I want to be able to move around in the pocket better. I do that already pretty well, but I could do it better.
For now it sounds like Peebles likes SMU, the question is will the Mustangs offer?
"My dad will give me scenarios like if SMU offers and Florida offers, who do you go with? I tell him that I go with SMU," said Peebles. "I want to be part of a program that I can help be better while I'm there."
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