Irish Show High Interest Level In Peat

Notre Dame demonstrated its high interest level in Corona Del Sol High (Tempe, Ariz.) five-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat during the spring evaluation period. But how did the Irish get their message across?

Notre Dame thinks highly enough of Corona Del Sol High (Tempe, Ariz.) offensive tackle Andrus Peat that on the first day coaches were on the road this spring, they went to see him.

And, it wasn't a quick in-and-out stop over for Irish offensive line coach Ed Warriner.

"The first day they were here and stayed the whole time," Corona Del Sol coach Tom Joseph said. "Then, they came back for an academic visit. Usually, schools just come to check on a kid and stay for a little while, and watch practice for a little while, but there were here the whole time."

After Warriner was in to see Peat on the first day of the spring evaluation period, and assistant coach Kerry Cooks came through the school later in the spring. And the attention made an impact.

Peat, who is 6-foot-7, 305 pounds, recently trimmed his list from more than three dozen offer to 13, and the Irish made the list, and he will make it to campus in a few weeks.

"He said he will take his visit (to Notre Dame) right after his Texas visit," Joseph said. "It is the third or fourth week of June. That's the plan."

Peat is's No. 2-ranked offensive tackle in the 2012 class, and he has transformed his body since Joseph became Corona Del Sol's coach.

"We put almost 30 pounds of muscle on him since January just doing work with him," Joseph said. "He's got good feet. He's really good at pass protection. We're a new staff coming in, and when we're done, he'll be a very good drive blocker, too."

His personality on the field is quiet and humble, but that changes when he gets on the field.

"When he gets out there, he competes in 1-on-1. He gets aggressive," Joseph said. "His brother (Todd), who went to Nebraska and is a defensive guy, is more outgoing. (Andrus) is more cerebral guy."

However, although Peat just trimmed his list and is readying for summer visits, a decision may not be made for a while.

"I think he's going to wait and maybe take a few (official) visits and go from there," Joseph said. Top Stories