"You know, Wake Forest was one of my first offers," Peat told DeaconSports. "Actually, it was my second offer. They (verbally) offered me during my sophomore year.
"I like the South and I like the east coast. They've just got a beautiful campus over there. It's one of the prettiest I've seen. It's a great academic school and the program's heading in a positive direction. They also have a lot of stability with Coach Grobe there. It looks like he's going to be staying."
Peat visited Wake Forest about a year ago, so while he's somewhat familiar with the school it has been a while since he has been immersed in campus life in Winston-Salem. He said he will give strong consideration to Wake Forest for an official visit.
He plans on taking all five of his officials before his decision, and he said the other schools still on his list -- Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska, Oregon State and Stanford -- are all about even with one another and Wake Forest. He claims no favorite among those eight schools.
This summer Peat visited Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State, so he may opt to use his official visits to check out some of the schools that aren't quite as close to home or as convenient to visit. Location will not ultimately be a factor in his decision.
"I'm trying to have a business-like approach to my decision and trying not to let things like that (location) play in. I'm just looking for the best situation for myself," he added.
Peat will also be looking at factors such as defensive scheme. Some of the schools recruiting him, such as Alabama, employ a 3-4 defense, as opposed to the more common 4-3 you see throughout the college game. While that in and of itself won't be decisive, it will be a factor.
"I'll definitely look at that," he said. "I've always played in a 4-3 defense and I've been in the 3-technique," he said. "I have been recruited in some 3-4 defenses as either a nose tackle or a defensive end. I think I'm versatile enough to play either one of those. It's nice that a lot of college teams are going to the 3-4 because a lot of NFL teams are moving in that direction too. They're always trying to draft guys that play in their system."