It appears as if Bo Peek from Plant (FL) is destined to end a particularly decorated career on the prep circuit the right way before soon moving on to college. A local product with a bright future ahead lining up one last time in front of fans from his hometown.
The 6-foot-3 and 295-pound defensive lineman will face the country’s best from the Class of 2016 right in his own backyard for the South vs. North during the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.
Two other national games, of course, take place: East vs. West on Dec. 20 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and Blue vs. Grey on Jan. 16 at Jacksonvile Jaguars’ EverBank Field. In between, odds are the Stanford commit puts on a show in the Sunshine State.
Peek, in fact, was essentially the center of attention during a recent stop on the nationwide Blue-Grey Jersey Presentation Tour at the home of the Buccaneers. Once there, not far from his home, he was acknowledged by NFL veterans Ken Stills and Chuck Darby.
“We’ve got some of the top talent from the area, and from all over the country, participating in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl this year. Peek is player everyone wants to see, too. Glad he’s on my team,” said Stills, making his debut as coach of the South.
Prior to giving a pledge to the Cardinal back late February, sealing plans to leave Florida behind for the Pac-12 Conference, Peek had a laundry list of potential suitors. Programs from the Big 10 Conference, ACC and SEC had scholarships offers on the table.
Penn State and Wisconsin remained in constant contact. Same thing can be said about Louisville and Georgia Tech. Ole Miss and Vanderbilt kept things interesting throughout. With more than 20 different teams in the mix, Peek was a hot commodity.
Still, his desire to head West to play ball at the next level never wavered. Therein lies the key, perhaps: The appearance in the upcoming game will be the last for him on his home turf, so to speak. Therefore, it’s more than reasonable to expect a memorable effort.
“I’ll be going up against good competition in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, some of the best in country, that’s what I’m looking forward to the most,” Peek said. “This game, I can’t think of anything better. It’s a great opportunity and I plan to take advantage.”