Peoples who originally committed to Central Florida, then signed with Maryland where he redshirted last season, transferred to USF, and was seeking a hardship waiver of the NCAA transfer rule mandating a player sit out one season to be closer to his mother who is sick. Peoples also had offers from Notre Dame, West Virginia and Georgia Tech among others.
He was a one-year letter-winner and starter at Apopka High School in Apopka, Fl,. He transferred prior to his senior year from Evans High School in Orlando where he was a three-year letter-winner and two-year starter. He recorded 105 tackles (70 solo), eight tackles for loss, five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and an interception for touchdowns as a senior. Peoples was named second team all-state, first team all-metro, first team all-district, and was also named first team All-Orange County and All-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. He was also an All-Southeast region selection by PrepStar. In his one year at Apopka, the team went 9-2, losing in the regional finals. He also lettered in track.
Peoples was the second transfer to be granted a waiver this season Julian Riley, a 6-3, 290 pound defensive lineman from the University of Florida where he spent three years as a Gator including a redshirt season has also been granted a waiver of the NCAA transfer rule. Riley also will be eligible to compete in 2006 and will have two remaining seasons of eligibility.
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