Peat: "Stanford kind of stands out."

With Stanford facing a lack of depth along the interior defensive line, it should come as no surprise that the Cardinal have made four-star defensive tackle Todd Peat a top priority in its 2011 recruiting efforts.

Over the spring evaluation period, recruiting coordinator Lance Anderson, defensive line coach Randy Hart, and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio all visited Corona Del Sol High School to speak with the recruit.

"[They told me] just that the defensive tackle is a real big position of need and they're really putting together a great recruiting class for this year and they need me to be a part of it," Peat told The Bootleg in a Tuesday night interview.

At this early stage in the recruiting process, it looks as if Stanford has a good chance to convince Peat to do just that.

Although he has yet to eliminate a school from a lengthy list of more than 15 offers from schools across the country, Peat admits to holding a few favorites.

"I haven't really cut any out but I do have a few favorites," Peat said. "Stanford definitely, ASU, Arizona, Nebraska, Alabama, Wake Forest, and Oregon State."

Out of that group, Peat said one school is beginning to separate itself from the pack.

"A lot of those schools are close on my list, but Stanford kind of stands out from the rest," Peat said.

Still, the talented recruit has no plans to make an imminent college decision.

"I'm probably going to narrow my list down by end of July, take my five officials, and make my decision after that," Todd Peat said.

In the meantime, Peat plans to visit a handful of the schools that have extended offers his way.

"I'm going to be out to Stanford on June 21 and 22," Peat said. "I'll probably be in Alabama on the 21st of July. I might stop by Cal around the 18th. Then I'm going to Arizona this weekend and Arizona State next week."

Although he was already taken numerous college visits, Peat is still eager to find out more about potential college destinations.

"Every time I get to a campus, I like to be able to see myself there, and I like to talk to players and see how they are treated and all that good stuff," Peat said.

When Peat visits Stanford in late June, he will be accompanied by his younger brother, Andrus.

Although the pair of talented siblings seem destined to lead separate, unique recruitments, Todd admits he wouldn't mind one day playing college ball with his brother.

"We try to keep [recruiting] separate to be honest with you, but it would be great if we could end up going to the same school," Todd said.

In addition to taking a number of visits, Peat plans to spend time over summer getting in better shape so that he might can stay healthy throughout his senior season.

"I definitely want to be in excellent shape by the football season, so I can be in and play a whole, healthy football season," he said.

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