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.