Peter Leota has shown a knack for helping Asheville High ball-carriers find the path of least resistance.
Coupled with his size, it means the 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman is one of Western North Carolina’s most coveted football recruits from the Class of 2016.
Boston College recently became the first major Division I college to offer Leota, Cougars coach Danny Wilkins said.
“A lot of people are interested in Pete and we’d heard rumors that teams were close to pulling the trigger on an offer,” Wilkins said.
“Everybody here is obviously excited. A lot of times when you get that first offer, a lot of schools that were straddling the fence jump in. We’re hoping that’s the case here.”
Leota was an All-Mountain Athletic Conference selection as a sophomore for MAC 3-A champion Asheville (10-3) in 2013.
He was unavailable for comment Monday.
The Cougars open their season Friday at home against Hendersonville.
Leota is listed on the team’s roster as a tackle and nose guard and he will be charged with protecting a group of playmakers that includes returning starter Tevin Salters (1,203 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions) at quarterback as well as Reynolds transfer Jave Jones and Reggie Battle (711 yards, six touchdowns).
Former 1,000-yard rusher Cameron Ray (1,029 yards, 18 touchdowns) has been moved to slot receiver.
Asheville is the preseason favorite in the MAC and in the running for its school-record 10th straight conference football championship.
Leota is the second current Western North Carolina junior to receive an ACC football scholarship offer – Wake Forest offered Reynolds defensive back/linebacker/running back Rico Dowdle back in June.