Eighth offer hits home for Peat

While unofficially visiting the school located just a short drive from his house, 2012 offensive tackle Andrus Peat was extended a scholarship offer by Arizona State. While this wasn't his first offer, it did carry a special meaning for the Tempe Corona del Sol standout

"I'm very excited about it," said the 6-6 270 Andrus Peat of his latest offer. "It's very close to my house, I really like the atmosphere there, and how the team plays very hard…so I was happy I got that offer."

Peat attended Arizona State's Wednesday's practice and as someone who saw the offense struggle last year, he was impressed by the turnaround he witnessed.

"The offense really looked better," Peat remarked. "(offensive line coach Gregg) Coach Smith is very knowledgeable and does a good job staying on the top of the players and developing them. I like all the other coaches too."

Arizona State's newest scholarship offer recipient was accompanied during his visit by his older brother Todd Peat, who also has a Sun Devil offer. The 2011 defensive tackle prospect has the Sun Devils, along with Nebraska and Stanford in his top three.

The offensive tackle, who's father Todd Sr., played on the offensive line with the then Phoenix Cardinals in the late 80's, is already exhibiting some of the skills that will serve him well in college and possibly beyond.

"My biggest assets are my footwork and using my hands in pass protection," Peat said. "I also do a good job blocking for the run game, blocking downfield on the linebackers."

Peat reported weight room marks of 275 lbs. benching, 455 squatting, and 225 on the power clean.

The Aztecs finished 4-6 in 2009, and Peat was looking forward to a better campaign this year.

"Last year was a down year for us," Peat confessed. "We have a lot of talent coming back, we have a good JV class coming in. I'm expecting a pretty good year."

The lineman doesn't know if he will necessarily play with his big brother in college, but was looking forward to play with him one last year on the prep level.

"Going up against him every day in practice really helps me a lot," Peat commented. "It really makes me a better player. It's our last year together so we really want this one to count."

Peat has also received offers from Stanford, Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Oregon State, Nebraska and Northern Illinois. His aunt and uncle live in North Carolina which explains the Clemson and Duke offers and he naturally wouldn't mind venturing to the east coast to play his college ball.

"It's been really exciting getting offers from all these schools around the country," Peat commented. "I've been to Clemson, Stanford and Arizona and I'm trying to check out the other schools too so I can tell what's the best fit for me."

With his letter of intent day almost two years out, Peat is naturally in no hurry to narrow down his list of favorites. He does however have some factors that he will heavily consider before making his pledge.

"Academics are probably the most important thing to me," Peat said. "I'm a person that tries to do as well in the classroom as I do on the field. I want to be a good student-athlete. I also want to go to a school that will have the best coaching staff to help me be the best I can be."

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