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Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015

Hillsborough Prep Report

A prep sports blog by Scott Purks and Nick Williams

A roundup of local sports briefs from Hillsborough County schools and area athletes.

Football: DT Bo Peek transfers to Plant

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By nick williamsTribune staff

Bo Peek, a three-star recruit and Stanford verbal commit, announced via twitter Sunday night he will transfer to Plant High from Berkeley Prep for his senior season. Non-contact football practice for the 2015 season begins today across the state.

“I would first like to start off by thanking Berkeley for all the opportunities it has provided me with,” Peek said in the message.”I can never thank coach (Dominic) Ciao enough for his support since I began at Berkeley and became part of the program. He has been a huge part of my growth as a young man and I see him as more of a father figure. I have decided to transfer to Plant High School for my senior season. This decision is what is best for my family. I wish the best to all my former teammates in their upcoming season.”

Peek committed to Stanford in February. The 6-foot-3, 295 tackle finished his junior season with 42 tackles, 23 for losses, 3.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries for Berkeley Prep, which reached the Class 3A region semifinal. Peek also had offers from Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Vanderbilt.

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Football: Tech’s Marchalo Judge has come into his own

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by Nick williamsTribune staff

TAMPA — Two years ago, Marchalo Judge was a lesser-known prospect in Hillsborough County as a sophomore at Middleton High.

He decided to change that.

“Tired of being underrated and overlooked,” Judge said. “I have to let the weight room and stats speak for myself.”

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TBT’s Green explains why he committed to Florida

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By NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Jim McElwain has yet to coach an official game for the University of Florida, but that didn’t stop Tampa Bay Tech junior receiver Daquon Green from committing to the Gators on Friday. Green made the verbal commit at UF’s Friday Night Lights camp in Gainesville.

“I decided to pick the Gators because, as much as I’ve been talking to them and they’ve been with me since day one, I’ve been talking with them and they keep up with their promises. If they tell me something, they live up to it and I was comfortable with that. The atmosphere and the team, I’m good with it. I talked to coach McElwain and he talked to my parents and what he told us, it was real convincing. I liked his story so I was comfortable with him.”

Green chose the Gators over offers from Georgia, Miami, Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

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Football: Competitive nature puts East Bay’s Sails on the map

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GIBSONTON – As a sophomore, K.J. Sails was the second leading tackler on East Bay’s historic district championship football team as a defensive back.

At the time, he was a modest 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds.

It was his competitive nature, according to his head coach, Frank LaRosa, that enabled Sails to be such a presence on the field. That character has led to Sails being considered one of the state’s top defensive players.

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Football: Tampa Catholic’s Barrett approaching decision

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TAMPA — Tampa Catholic junior and two-way football standout Devan Barrett wants to have his college choice decided by the end of his junior year.

One of the state’s top prospects, Barrett has already compiled a top-five list of his favorite schools, which include Florida, Miami, N.C. State, Kentucky and Duke.

Barrett (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) said he plans to make his decision during the middle or at the conclusion of the upcoming season.

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Baseball players make college choices

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

A pair of East Hillsborough County baseball players made Division I commitments: Durant junior Jonah Scolaro verbally committed to Florida State, and Plant City senior Billy McKay committed to Florida, Raiders coach Michael Fryrear confirmed.

McKay, a right-handed pitcher, posted a 5-3 record last season with a 1.14 ERA and 69 strikeouts. The 5-foot-11 McKay was a Western Conference second-team selection and over the last two seasons at Plant City, he has 114 strikeouts in 97 innings with a 0.92 ERA.

The lefty Scolaro led Durant to the Class 7A state final four as a sophomore with a 9-1 record, a 1.24 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 62 innings. Scolaro, who also plays outfield, had a team-leading .343 average, 16 runs scored, 13 RBIs and nine doubles. In his sophomore season, Scolaro was a Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough first-team selection.

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Plant’s Culpepper to miss senior season

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune staff

Senior quarterback Rex Culpepper was coming into his own, not only as one of the state’s elite quarterbacks, but as a leader on Plant High’s football team.

The effort he put forth to become both, says head coach Rob Weiner, is what made Sunday’s news that Culpepper suffered a torn ACL and will miss his entire senior season all the more devastating.

“You’re talking about a kid who has worked extraordinarily beyond the call of duty and without reservation,” Weiner said. “He doesn’t deserve this.”

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Spoto’s Williams recalculates recruiting

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— In May, Spoto two-way football standout Terance Williams made a verbal commitment to Louisville. Not long after, he re-opened his recruitment and de-committed from the Cardinals.

“I really didn’t have a conversation with my football coach or my mom,” Williams said. “We talked about it and said I need to wait and take all of my visits so I de-committed from there. We’ll take all the visits and hopefully I do go to Louisville.”

Williams did not make an official visit to Louisville prior to committing.

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Prep Football: 9 Route 7-on-7 tournament this weekend

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BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

Big County Preps and Bright House Sports Network will host the 6th Annual 9 Route 7-on-7 tournament this weekend at the Fishhawk Sports Complex located at 16120 Fishhawk Blvd.

There is a twist this year. All teams are by invitation only. Past winners of the tournament are Spoto (2010), Plant (2011), East Lake (2012), Gaither (2013) and Tampa Bay Tech (2014).

Pool play begins Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by the single elimination tournament. Some first-day matchups include Tampa Catholic vs. Bloomingdale, Plant vs. Largo and Plant City vs. Tampa Bay Tech. The championship game will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Alonso’s Butler invited to baseball national team trials

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BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Alonso High left-handed pitcher and first baseman Jordan Butler has been invited to the 40-man USA Baseball 2015 18U National Team trials.

Butler was a first-team All-Hillsborough selection by the Tampa Tribune last season after hitting .372, with 14 runs, 26 RBIs, nine doubles and two homers. He also was 5-0 on the mound with a 1.43 ERA, three saves and 52 strikeouts. Butler, a University of Florida commit, helped the Ravens claim Saladino Tournament and district titles and reach the Class 8A region tournament.

The selection to the USA Baseball 18U trials means Butler will work out this week in Cary, N.C. and the 40 players will be trimmed to 28 before traveling to Los Angeles in August, where the final roster will be cut to 20 players.

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