Peek ecstatic about Vanderbilt offer

Bo Peek is among the newly offered juniors by the Vanderbilt staff. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle out of Tampa's Berkeley Preparatory School was first offered by Ole Miss as a sophomore but has seen his offer list increase to nine. Peek tells he's "ecstatic" about the new offer from the Commodore staff.

"Vanderbilt is my most recent offer." Peek said. "It came about a week ago from Coach Maile, the defensive line coach. I've been talking to all of Vanderbilt's coaches through Twitter. The defensive line coach asked me how interested I was in Vanderbilt. I told him Vandy was a school I've always loved because of the education. Then he asked for my transcripts. He said they loved my film. He said Coach Mason was really excited about my film and wanted to offer me. I was ecstatic about it. Vanderbilt's academics really speaks for itself. It's an SEC school, the conference is unbelievable in terms of talent. I'm really glad to have the offer."

Peek camped at Syracuse this summer and earned an offer and also did well at Stanford's camp. He also took in visit to both Florida and South Florida.

"I loved it at Stanford," he said. "The trip actually turned into an unofficial visit. I toured the campus and got to speak with Coach Shaw. They staff decided to wait and see how I do my junior year. I'm still talking regularly with Coach Bloomgren. I've got a couple of trips planned. I'll be in South Bend on October 4th for the Notre Dame-Stanford game and I'll be in New York the following week for FSU-Syracuse. Kentucky was on the phone with me last night. They said I'm really high on their board and have yet to offer any defensive linemen in my class.

"The recruiting attention has been great, but I'd like to make a decision before the start of my senior year. I want to enjoy my last year of high school and not have a lot of recruiting stuff going on. The conference is important to me. I'd like to play in one of the more competitive conferences like an SEC or an ACC. I'd also like to receive a great education."

Berkeley Prep has a senior quarterback, Brad Mayes, who has committed to Lehigh, and a junior tight end, Jacob Mathis, who has a ton of D-1 offers and expects to be one of the top tight ends in the 2016 class. With Peek, they have the Buccaneers off to a 4-0 start to the season.

"We absolutely have a team to win state," stated Peek. "With our tight end, our quarterback, and our huge offensive line we can do a lot offensively. Our D, you know, we lost a lot of seniors last year so there were quite a few question marks, but we're actually better this season. Not many people can run on us. We held one team to only one rushing yard and another to 46 yards. It's a strong defense.

"Individually, I have nine tackles for loss, three sacks, and two safeties playing nose tackle and the three technique. I grew a lot in the off-season. I was only 5-foot-10 my freshman year. I've grown a couple of inches since last season. Instead of bull rushing, I'm staying at the line of scrimmage then getting off my blocker and making a play."

Peek and his Buccaneer teammates face Tampa-area rival, Springstead, this Friday night as they try to run their record to 5-0.

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