5-star OT Peat Goes In-Depth on ND Visit

Corona del Sol High (Tempe, Ariz.) five-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Monday, and today he spoke to IrishEyes.com about it. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Peat also talked about where the Irish stand in his recruitment, and about the possibility of a return trip to South Ben, Ind., for another look at the campus.

Corona del Sol High (Tempe, Ariz.) five-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat toured the Notre Dame campus Monday and met with coach Brian Kelly before leaving with a favorable impression of the Irish.

But how favorable?

Peat enjoyed his time so much he said he could envision taking an official visit to campus in the fall.

"I know my parents want to get out to the campus as well," Peat said. "Right now they're probably in my top three to five schools."

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Peat, who is Scout.com's No. 2-rated tackle in the 2012 class, said the visit to South Bend, Ind., ranked so high it escalated Notre Dame's standing.

"It definitely put them higher on my list," Peat said. "That's definitely a school I'm going to keep in the running, and keep looking at them."

During the visit, Peat had fun speaking with coach staff, including offensive line coach Ed Warinner, seeing the historic places on campus and posting pictures on his twitter account.

"I talked to coach Kelly a little bit, but he had to catch a flight, but it was good to get to know them better," Peat said. "That was my first time there. It was great to see all the facilities, and there's a whole bunch of tradition there on the field. Looking around, it was really cool."

And while Peat filled his twitter account with pictures of the basilica, the grotto, the library and locker room, he acknowledged none of that was his favorite part of the visit.

"It was great talking to the coaches and get a better feel for them, and they obviously really want me," he said. "It's better for me to go there and introduce myself and see the coaches face-to-face.

"I was really impressed by everything. Getting over to see the campus …I heard a lot of good things about it, how it was supposed to be one of the best campuses in the country, and I really enjoyed going around it and seeing everything."

The visit to Notre Dame wasn't the only one Peat made in the last few days. He also traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he toured the campus and met with the coaching staff.

"I was really impressed by Michigan," Peat said. "I've never been there. I was real impressed with campus, too. And just to talk to the coaches there, and find out about all the great offensive line tradition, that's really a big thing for me. They have a new staff and I think they're going to start winning game again."

Next for Peat is planning his next few visits, which he said will likely be to Auburn and Texas, before he trims his list again.

"As of now I'm starting to get a mental note of probably five to eight schools that I'm most interested in," Peat said. "I haven't officially done it, but I'm visiting the schools I'm most interested in."

However, Peat doesn't think a decision is in the near future.

"I'll probably (decide) after the season but if I know where I want to go, then I'll probably commit," Peat said. "Right now I'm trying to get out to other schools and gather all the information I can."

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