Class of 2011

Todd Peat

HometownTempe, AZ
High schoolCorona del Sol

Peat, a 6-foot-3, 295-pounder who starred at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., announced his decision to join the Huskers while sitting in Johnson Elementary School in Mesa, Ariz.

“I needed to do what’s best for me, and I feel that the University of Nebraska can bring out my full potential as a player and as a person,” Peat said, who chose Nebraska over Oregon State and Arizona State. Alabama, Stanford and Miami (Fla.) were among about a dozen schools that offered the defensive lineman.

Peat's father, Todd Peat Sr., played for six seasons in the NFL, contributing as an offensive lineman for the Cardinals and Raiders. His younger brother Andrus, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman, already is a highly sought-after offensive lineman in the class of 2012.

He’s the 16th-best defensive tackle nationally and the No. 6 overall prospect in Arizona, according to Peat ranks 14th among defensive tackles, according to Both recruiting services rate him as a four-star recruit. Peat was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month.

“He’s just a great athletic talent, a really strong kid," said former Corona coach Gary Venturo. "Teams have always had a hard time double-teaming him. He’s a very smart player.”

Peat was second-team all-state in Class 5A as a senior, finishing with more than 60 tackles in the middle of the defense. He did suffer a knee injury during his junior season, limiting him to just five games. As a sophomore, though, he earned a spot on the All-Central Region first team and was an honorable mention all-state pick.

Our take: Defensive tackle is one of the deepest positions on Nebraska’s team, depth that probably will prevent Peat from seeing the field as a true freshman. The Huskers rotated four guys at that spot last fall and would have added Chase Rome into the mix if he hadn’t redshirted. All of those players return this season, though Jared Crick and Terrence Moore will be done after this year. So adding Peat to the roster was important for the Huskers, who rely heavily on their defensive line to disrupt opposing offenses. Peat will play a key role in the future.

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