January 4, 2011

Peat nearing decision

With Signing Day rapidly approaching, some of the top prospects for Coach Harbaugh and his staff are nearing their college decision. One recruit that has long been a priority for Stanford is four-star defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr.

The opportunity to come in as a freshman and potentially contribute at a high level is something that appeals to Peat and is one of the big keys to his interest in Stanford.

"Ya, I really do [have the chance to play early] and they coaches have told me that from day one," the No. 161 prospect in the country revealed. "That is a huge thing for me and going into the recruiting process that was the No.1 thing for me. In high school, I had the chance to go to Hamilton or Chandler, but the opportunity I had at Corona, which has good academics and gave me the chance to play early. It's kind of the same thing for college in that I am looking for a place where I can have the opportunity to play."

Peat was recently selected to be a participant in the US Army All-American game, and the opportunity to represent his family and friends is something that he is certainly relishing.

"It's awesome," Peat told Cardinal Report. "I really want to go to San Antonio and show well for Arizona, my family and really my entire school."

In news that will excite Stanford fans, Peat narrowed his list down to four schools, with Stanford joining Nebraska, Oregon State and Arizona State. Naturally, all four schools appeal to Peat for a variety of reasons.

"All four schools that I have narrowed it down to, I have built really good relationships with the coaches," explained the four-star DT. "All four of the schools have really good people and really good programs. They all seem to be going in a positive direction. The four schools all present the great opportunity to come in and play. I don't want to go to a school where I'm going to be buried on the depth chart for three years. Academic wise, all four of those schools are strong academically as well."

When it comes to his recruitment with Stanford, Peat has been heading primarily from Coach Anderson, who has played a key role in helping out with the admissions process.

"My recruiter has been Lance Anderson and I have known him for about two years," Peat said. "He is a really good guy and I am really grateful for what Stanford has done for me as far as admissions. They have really helped me out a lot academically and have given me a game plan to get into the school and be successful."

With his application submitted to Stanford, Peat is currently in the process of waiting to hear back the good news from the admissions department.

"Ya, I should hear back in the second week of January from what they have told me."

Even though he is planning on making his decision on January 8 at the Army All-American game, the No. 13 DT in the country claims that Stanford will still be in the running, even if he doesn't hear about admissions before then.

"I've gotten the sense from the Stanford coaches that things are looking really good for me in terms of admissions," explained the Corona Del Sol star. "The admissions won't be a factor in my choice, because I know it's looking like I will probably get in."

The recent success that the Cardinal have had recruiting Arizona, including commitments from Devon Carrington and Keanu Nelson in '10, is something that Peat has taken note of.

"It is nice," Peat said of fellow Arizonans have success at Stanford. "I know Devon (Carrington) and Ekom Udofia and I have the same trainer, so I have known him for awhile. Also, a cousin of mine, his best friend was Allen Smith. Allen went to my high school and he has always just had nothing but good things to stay about Stanford."

Although there have been some recent rumors that Arizona State had emerged as the school to beat, Peat says that he is still working on choosing which school would be the best fit for him at the next level.

"Of the four schools I am down to, everybody is very even," Peat explained to Cardinal Report. "It's really not leaning one way or another as of now. It's going to be a very tough decision, because all four schools have touched close to me heart. Of course, with Arizona State, I live 10 minutes from campus and have been around there for four years. I have to make the smartest decision for myself and I feel comfortable at all four of the schools."

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