Deacs Survive Peat's Cut

Four-star Arizona defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr. recently trimmed his list for the first time and Wake Forest is still alive. Many prospects these days who opt for the longer, more drawn out recruiting process go about trimming their list in a methodical manner, cutting a few schools at a time until they arrive at a small number that they would like to take official visits to.

That appears to be the way Todd Peat, Jr. is going about things, and Wake Forest's coaches have to feel good about where they stand with Peat for now. The 6-3, 300-pound prospect, ranked the No. 12 defensive tackle in the Class of 2011 by, is still very high on Wake Forest, one of just eight schools he is still considering.

"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."

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