Peat gives ASU visit high marks

It would be hard for any school to continue and wow one of its backyard recruits who they have been pursuing for several years now. Nonetheless, after talking to Tempe Corona Del Sol's defensive tackle Todd Peat it appears that Arizona State did just that.

"I had such a great time spending so much time with the players and coaches," said the 6-3 300 Todd Peat of his Arizona State official trip. "I love the way the players are treated by the coaches and the academic staff and how passionate those people are about what they do. I really enjoy being around the players and I can definitely see myself being teammates with them. I was hosted by Will Sutton, and I spent a lot of time with Lawrence Guy and the other defensive linemen and all those players are really my kind of guys – all down to earth and nice guys."

"I was very impressed with the facilities and the dorms, really top of the line. I wasn't surprised by anything I saw but this visit made me like ASU a lot more."

The Corona Del Sol standout has been recruited by Arizona State's defensive line coach Grady Stretz and naturally the defensive tackle has built a strong relationship with Stretz ever since Peat started getting recruited by the maroon and gold.

"Coach Stretz is a guy that really cares about his players," Peat noted, "and I like that lot. He is a real honest and down to earth guy. I like how he's also young and energetic."

Despite the 17-13 loss to Stanford which Peat personally witnessed, the lineman came away very impressed by the Sun Devils and their effort especially on defense.

"They always play great against great teams," Peat stated. "I wanted to see how ASU measured up to a good team like Stanford and I was very impressed. They are very close to being one of the better teams in the entire country. I think I would fit in great with that defense either at three-technique or nose tackle. That defensive line is very disruptive and plays very aggressively and that suits me very well."

Peat recorded 63 tackles and one sack for the 1-10 Aztecs who obviously fell well below their pre-season expectations. Corona's head coach Zane Zamenski was placed on administrative leave just weeks before the season started over allegations of inappropriate conduct and was not retained at season's end. This was a factor that clearly played a significant part in the team's record.

"I can't really put my finger on one thing that made us have a bad season," Peat remarked. "We had a lot of talent and we just didn't win games. It was just a crazy year. I'm happy that my recruitment didn't get affected but even if it did the schools that really wanted me stayed around and I want to go somewhere where I am really wanted.

"If a school backed out on me just because of the season we had that would be fine with me, because that would help me out because then you know how a school really feels about you."

Aside from ASU, Peat's main suitors appear to be Oregon State and Nebraska who he will visit on November 26th and December 3rd respectively. He indicated that Stanford and Miami could get visits in the future.

"All those schools are great I can't go wrong with either of them," Peat commented. "I'm going to choose the school that has the best opportunity for me as a football player. I want to go to a school where I can play and not riding the bench for three years and have a defensive line coach that can make me the best player I can be. Academics are very important too."

Peat was selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American game and said that he could make his verbal commitment during that contest.

"I'm shooting for a decision sometime in January," Peat stated. "I'm very honored and blessed to be part of the U.S. Army All-American game. I'm very faltered that I was chosen from over 90 players in the country to play there. I'm really looking forward to play against the best of the best."

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