Published Wednesday, February 1, 2012 AT 12:44 PM / Updated at 1:21 PM
Recruiting: Andrus Peat picks Stanford
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Andrus Peat, the highly rated offensive tackle, announced on live TV Wednesday afternoon that he plans to sign with Stanford — not Nebraska.

Listed at 6-foot-7, 305 pounds, Peat is the fourth-best offensive tackle in the nation, according to 247 Sports. And he’s going to Stanford.

“It’s been a really tough decision, but next year I’m going to be attending Stanford University,” Peat said on ESPNU as he put on a Stanford cap while the assembled crowd cheered.

“I was really impressed by the coaching staff. … I felt really comfortable on campus. I think it’s just a great opportunity to reach my full potential athletically and academically. It’s a really good fit.

Considering Peat’s ties to Lincoln, Nebraska was the presumed favorite by recruiting analysts as signing day neared.

Peat’s brother Todd redshirted during his first year as a defensive tackle with the Huskers in 2011. Avery Moss, Andrus’ teammate at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., made a nonbinding commitment to Nebraska last month (and should sign a letter of intent at some point Wednesday).

Andrus said he talked to Todd Wednesday morning.

“He told me he would be proud of me wherever I went and he thinks it’s a great opportunity at Stanford,” Andrus said. “He’s going to support me 100 percent.”

It was not easy for Andrus to pass on Nebraska, apparently.

“Me and Todd, we have a really strong relationship,” Andrus said. “I really have a lot of respect for coach (Bo) Pelini and what they’re doing over there. I just thought Stanford was the best fit for me.”

Andrus was also considering USC and Florida State.


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  1. Mosier says:

    Big loss here. Really suprising how well Stanford has recruited with Harbaugh and Luck gone. I thought the program would be a flash in the pan but with the line class they just brought in they could have some staying power in a weak Pac-12.

    1. jtnails says:

      I say Barney Cotton has to go. And i mean now. Who has he recruited. Hes failed everywhere he has coached> Pelini i love you,BUT COTTON MUST GO!!!!

      1. CORNANGEL says:

        Who has Barney recruited? Didn’t he put NU in the position of landing the 5* gentleman that is the sole focus of this article? Do you think that Barney would have benefited from the ability of playing 5* OL Baker Steinkuhler that Bo stole for the defense?

        Barney’s recent 4* recruits.
        2012 (1) 4* OL
        2012 (4) 4* OL

    2. Bob says:

      I have been on the Stanford campus. Very nice. They have lots of money up the ying there. And the yang is not bad either. Bo and company did their best. Not much else they could do.

      1. NUCORNDEVIL says:

        Exactly, that area is prolly one of the best places to live in America, not to mention the academics will set you for life if football doesn’t pan out.
        Didn’t Stanford finish in the top 10?
        So many pluses choosing Stanford over NU, Mr. Andrus is a lot smarter than i thot.
        Good Luck!!!


          So many pluses for all if you choose another team because you clearly don’t bleed Scarlet and Cream.

      2. CORNANGEL says:

        Runner-up to Stanford is not anything to be ashamed about.

  2. Mosier says:

    Ok Valentine, lets continue Floridas poor day.

  3. A Fan says:

    Stinks. Good luck the Peat, though. Stanford is an outstanding academic school and they have a very football team.

    1. Mosier says:

      I feel ok losing to a great school like Stanford, losing out to USC would’ve been much harder. Good luck to Peat, looks like they’ll have a great line in a few years.

      1. Bob says:

        You are right on there. Fight off.

    2. Mike Caramba says:

      Yes. Can’t get mad at a kid for choosing another school. Absolutely wish him the best of luck.

  4. Concerned says:

    Word is he wanted to be coached by an offensive line coach with experience in the NFL and can put people in the NFL, Barney Cotton has neither of those. Fire Cotton

    1. Bill says:

      I agree. We will never land top O-linemen with the inconsistency that Cotton produces.

      1. CORNANGEL says:

        Barney failed miserably at keeping Jamarcus Hardrick from jumping off-sides twice on one drive in the Capital One Bowl.

        1. Bob says:

          Yeah, I always blamed coaches for my failure to execute …..

    2. Mosier says:

      Wonder how many fire Cotton posts there will be now? Lose out on Peat and he must go… Let’s wait and see the results on the field.

      1. jtnails says:

        We have waited!!! And long enough!!! He cant recruit and sucks as a line coach!!! HE HAS TO GO!!!

        1. CORNANGEL says:

          Barney can not only recruit but he can develop walk-ons to fill in the gaps when Hardrick & Jones were out at the beginning of the season. Were you singing Barney’s praises this time last year on signing day or did you even notice who he recruited?

          (1) 4 star OL Rivals recruits

          (4) 4 star OL Rivals recruits

    3. CORNANGEL says:

      Strange, (4) 4-stars signed LOIs last year after being personally recruited by Barney Cotton. Do you think Barney might benefit from moving away from Shawn Watson’s West Coast/spread hybrid offense to power football?

      NU 2011 recruting class:
      Ryan Klachko OL 6-4 287 5.47 11/12/2010 Springfield, IL
      Tyler Moore OL 6-6 295 10/15/2010 Clearwater, FL
      Ryne Reeves OL 6-3 300 5 11/26/2010 Crete, NE
      Zach Sterup OL 6-8 260 5 1/21/2011 Hastings, NE

      1. cbil says:

        Also Thurston is a 4* OL recruit for this years class and I don’t think people are understanding how good this kid is. His team was terrible and was still 1st team all state. He chose NU over Arkansas, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, Standford and Michigan.

  5. Dave J. says:

    We need to start pulling in the likes of this kid if we want to move beyond our current station in the B1G.

    1. CORNANGEL says:

      Barney pulled in (4) 4 star OL last year.

      1. Eric says:

        True — but Peat’s a legit five-star.

        1. CORNANGEL says:

          How many 5* lineman did Osborne recruit?

      2. PE says:

        Who says Barney Cotton recruited those 4, 4 star recruits? Are you sure he is listed as the recruiter of those guys? I was wondering how involved he is/was. I don’t think so frankly. I also wondered if Peats decision had anything to do with the fact that we don’t have a big name at O line coach, because if he went by past performance, I wouldn’t come to NU either. I agree…Barnet must go.

  6. Steve says:

    Quit your whining – an 18 year old kid just made an adult decision. Stanford’s an Ivy League equivalent school – can’t fault Peat for his choice, so good luck to him. Still excited about the rest of the class – GO BIG RED!

    1. CORNANGEL says:

      95% of the bloggers on this site could not get into Stanford.

      I say sell your stake of your Skybox in protest if that’s what it takes to voice your concern.

      1. GBR says:

        Ahh… I’d say it’s closer to 100% of the people posting here couldn’t get into Stanford.

        1. dave says:

          No, the ruling classes are selective about who they allow into their little clubs.

  7. James says:

    Who’s faulting the kid?

  8. Jim says:

    Bo Pelini was a genius this morning…now that we lost this kid, we need to bring back TO. Who has heard that already? I have!

    1. Mosier says:

      He’ll be a genius after Valentine commits again.

    2. MikeG says:

      Oh geez! What a load of crap! LOL. So we lost Peat, thats ok. What we need is an OC who will settle on an offense and coach his players to be great at it instead of average at this super complex multidimensional BS offense. And then get Bo to adjust his defense to fit the competition he faces. We have the talent, just not the coaching smarts to get the job done at the moment. I think the defense will improve but if Beck doesnt change his thinking and TM remains our QB we are stuck where we are. I think the talent is there and if we tightened up our coaching and actually had a concrete gameplan that we pound into our players heads day in and day out until they are great at it, we would be fine.

  9. huskerfan93 says:

    Of all the reasons to go to a school this kid picks academics. You can’t get mad a kid that realizes that he isn’t guaranteed the pros. I can’t blame the kid I mean if I got a scholarship to Stanford or Nebraska and based it entirely on academics I would pick Stanford hands down. I love Nebraska and even I realize where we stand academically with Stanford. You got no hard feelings from Andrus, just make sure you put your grades first at the ivy of the west.

    1. Bill says:

      No one is mad at Andrus. Almost everyone is annoyed at the coaching staff for not being able to land a recruiting class that makes a splash nationally. Look at Ohio State and Michigan, do we always want to be third in our own conference? This is a class that will be very good in our conference, but not nationally. We have the talent to compete for division titles and maybe conference titles, but certainly not national titles.

      1. Jeff says:

        Recruiting classes make a splash nationally three or four years later when the kids you have are either good or not. Right now, it’s just noise.

      2. MikeG says:

        GEt off the national recruiting rank already! It matters not. Some of our best teams were not highly ranked classes with 5 star recruits. We need to recruit personnel that “fit” our system. Problem is our “system” isnt set yet especially offensively. We have coaching issues, not recruiting issues. The talent level at NU is very very good, they just havent come together yet. We became great because of a PROUD walk-on program and signing 2 or 3 star guys who complemented our program and fit our style of play. Recruiting 5-star guys and trying to coach them to fit your system is tough unless they came from a similar system. I would take 3 star guys all day.

        1. A Fan says:

          Of course it matters. If we had a top five ranked recruiting class, you’d be falling over yourself… praising the staff.

          1. MikeG says:

            A Fan, BS, I dont care what rank class we have. I have never praised anyone for what class rank they have, I praise for what we see on the field. Dont be so stupid to claim you know what I would say, because clearly you have no idea. Texas regularly has a top rated class, how they doin? Class rank doesnt mean squat! Maybe you should answer for yourself intead of others then you wouldnt look so stupid

        2. jtnails says:

          Mike please…That was when Tom was running the program.And we had a REAL OL COACH!!! fACE IT FANS BARNEY COTTON HAS TO GO!!! AND SO DOES DOBSON!!!

          1. CORNANGEL says:

            How did Nebraska’s OL fare in the 7 straight bowl losses? Did they rush for over 150 yards?

            Should NU have fired OC Tom Osborne and OL coach Milt Tenopir?

      3. Mosier says:

        I’m fine being 3rd in recruiting in our conference. Bringing in a class like this gives us a great base and talent to win the conference which is really the only important thing.

        1. MikeG says:

          Your right, I think we have tremendous talent. I just hope now we know what to do with it.

  10. realhskrfn says:

    Is it just me or is noone competitive here? Yes, Stanford is a great school, but we just lost out on a top offensive lineman, That potentially would be protecting martinez and armstrongs blind side. I hope Stanford fails miserably the next 4 years, just like I hope UCLA fails miserably. Go Big Red, i hope we show UCLA who daddy is the next few years, and i hope stanford loses to Oregon, USC, Washington, and whoever else they may play.

    1. Mosier says:

      I also hope the programs don’t succeed and that we completely wax UCLA. Don’t think wishing a 18 year old no hard feelings and good luck is any indication of non-competitive.

    2. John says:

      The hash-tag gimmick is seeming less clever by the minute.

      1. realhskrfn says:

        in this context the hashtag was supposed to be in your face rather than clever.

        1. Jeff says:

          Hashtags are for twitter.

    3. CORNANGEL says:

      A “real” Husker fan would wish Andrus Peat lots of luck in life and in football.

      1. dave says:

        Good luck in life, Andrus. I hope the Huskers meet Stanford in the Rose bowl and stuff the ball down snooty throats. And set a Rose bowl record for QB sacks.

  11. Twitty says:

    Silent commit all along. This kid was suppose to be in the bag. Bust! Start the Bo apology 45 and flip it over to the B side of “well at least we have the walk ons” and you have a party.

    1. Mosier says:

      Never heard one person say he was a silent commit. Rumblings were about Moore and he is N. Have a clue before posting please.

  12. Florida Husker says:

    With Bo at the helm we will always have average recruits and average teams. The Big 10 will always belong to Ohio State and Michigan.

    1. CORNANGEL says:

      Michigan & OSU are similar to UT in that they sit on an oilfield of recruits. OU made its name on siphoning out Texas’ recruits. This is why they nixed the Thanksgiving game with NU in favor of the RRR.

      NU is third in average stars (2012) according to Rivals in both the Big Ten & Big 12.

      How do you think Tom Osborne’s classes would have stacked up against UT, OU, UM & tOSU?

      2012 Rivals ave stars
      #1 Ohio State 3.72
      #2 Michigan 3.56
      #3 Nebraska 3.38

      2011 Rivals ave stars
      #1 Nebraska 3.53
      #2 Ohio State 3.43
      #3 Michigan 3.25

      1. Mosier says:

        Our classes would always be 3rd in the Big 12 too. Recruiting stars matter… coaching, development, fit and heart matter much more.

        1. Drew says:

          Could not agree more, you can have all the 5 star recruits in the world, but if you can’t develop talent, then it doesn’t matter!

  13. HansJ says:

    So what’s the deal with Scout? Rivals ranks Nebraska 24th, 247Sports ranks Nebraska 28th, and Scout ranks Nebraska 50th. Last year when the B1G teams’ recruiting efforts were highlighted on a BTN show a rep from Scout was on hand to discuss the results. Scout appears to me to often be an outlier when ranking Nebraska recruiting.

    1. Mosier says:

      Our top 2 recruits are JUCO’s which scout and ESPN pretend don’t exist, kinda like corndevil.

      1. DFresh87 says:


  14. A Fan says:

    We picked up Valentine? Right?

    1. cbil says:

      Yes Valentine is ‘N’ LOI is signed.

  15. Azkiwi says:

    We will NEVER land the Andrus Peat’s of this country while Barney Cotton is their OL coach. A look at the OL’s since he has been coaching at UNL gives any good recruit the impetus to go elsewhere.Especially if academics are imortant to them. And now the entire Cotton famiy is with the team.Maybe Mrs Cotton can be the “ball lady.”

    1. Mosier says:

      We will never ever be able to get O-line studs like Tyler Moore, Ryne Reeves, Klachko, Sterup or Hardrick with COTTON…

      1. icantspellpelini says:

        how do you figure these linemen are studs. moore was yanked early on and hardrick couldn’t go 3 consecutive plays without a false start. i realize you are a husker homer but come on. a little dose of reality once in a while.

    2. CORNANGEL says:

      Stick with an offense like Stanford has done and run power. The Shawn Watson’s West Coast/Spread Hybrid Especial probably didn’t impress Andrus Peat the past few years.

      Do you think Toby Gerhardt was all natural talent or do you think his line might have had something to do with being the Heisman runner-up?

      Stanford records:
      Rushing for (1,871)
      Most touchdowns in a season (28)
      most touchdowns in a career (44)

  16. CLHusker says:

    I said when the Huskers offered Whitaker that Peat was not going to be N. The coaches had no backup plan and just offered Whitaker to fill the hole. This shows our recruiting plan and ability to draw elite prospects is in shambles. Bottom line: We couldn’t get a kid to commit when his brother and cousin are on the team because he knew we couldn’t make him an NFL O-line prospect! Pathetic.

    1. Mosier says:

      Every report from Peat, his coaches, parents and brother is that he made his decision this morning. Tough decision for him.

  17. A Husker in Kansas!! says:

    Not surprised at Peats decision. All he had to do was read the comments on Husker Max web site and it’s links. If all i read all the time and was a top notch recruit, and had heard how intelligent Nebraska football fans were, and then read all the negatives about the coaches i’d go somewhere else also. As for Peat who on here knows what comments his brother might have made to boot. By the way Peat was not a unanimous 5 star recruit. Now lets hope Moore can academically qualify.

    1. John says:

      Yes, I’m sure message boards were a significant factor in his decision.

      1. A Fan says:

        It’s funny… that some Nebraska “fans” think the fans of any other program are less vocal than us. Some folks need to get out and see the world.

        1. Jeff says:

          Just to be clear, seeing the “real world” is perusing the message boards of teams you don’t even root for? Ok, then.

  18. Brendan T. says:

    It’s Stanford. Simple as that. You’d have to be a little crazy not to go there on a scholarship. This isn’t about Nebraska. Even IF you were guaranteed a high NFL draft pick & big signing bonus (a huge if), Stanford is still a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only that, but they’ve got a good football program that sends lineman to the NFL. Smart move. I would have been amazed if he’d picked NU, it’s not a surprise when you think about it. Best of luck to him.

  19. Mosier says:

    My cousin is a top gymnast (competing for a spot for upcoming olympics). He has grown up loving Nebraska, and most of his family is from Nebraska and they have a great top 10 gymnastics program (#1 for women).

    My point is when Stanford offered they were instantly at the top of his list. As good as NU’s academics are, if your smart enough you pursue the Stanford education.

  20. Just sayin' says:

    Maybe he’ll pull a Scott Frost. Stanford is an outstanding school, but not a great fit for everyone.

  21. Michael Klachko says:

    I bet one dollar that the primary reason Mr. Peat considered Nebraska in the first place is that his brother is a Husker.

  22. Bubba H says:

    Stanford is in the top 10. They were as high as No 2 and finished 7th. NU is No 24 and behind Cincinnati in one of the polls. I didn’t even know they played football. Apparently they do. They have better academics. Take your hometown glasses off. When and if we get back in the top 10 consistently, our recruiting will improve. He is closer to home at Stanford and he will get to return to AZ for a couple PAC 10 Games a year and maybe a bowl game. We may get to play them in the coming years with the new Big 10 – Pac 10 alliance. I read an article where Andrus didn’t play very well in the high school all-star game and there was a concern with his effort at times. They speculated that maybe he was bored. After reading that I wondered why everyone was so high on him. Before you start crying over the loss, wait at least until he starts at Stanford. Everyone is talking about how highly ranked Stanfords line recruits are. He’ll have lots of competition.

    1. CORNANGEL says:

      What is further interesting is looking at the past recruits that had both been offered by NU and Stanford. NU could have close to 10 kids which is pretty impressive. Belonging to the B1G should help NU’s cause down the road. So will the B1G/PAC 12 alliance which will also work out to be an extended Big Ten Network that will continue to show every NU recruits games. Further exposure in PAC 12 country should help immensely and a goal of getting to the Rose Bowl should be an important step back up the national prominence ladder by helping win West Coast/Southwest recruiting battles.