TEMPE (AP) — Whichever school lands defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr. could have a pipeline to some future talent.
That’s because he is one of seven kids in former NFL offensive lineman Todd Peat Sr.’s brood. The elder Peat played for Northern Illinois before he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He also played for the Raiders before his retirement in 1993.
His two eldest sons, Todd and younger brother Andrus, play for Tempe’s Corona del Sol High School.
Peat, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound first-team All-Central Region selection, played in only five games last season because of a torn MCL and stress fracture in his leg. He had 31 tackles and two sacks.
His injuries haven’t deterred colleges from recruiting him. Peat has had offers from some 21 schools, including Stanford, Wake Forest, Miami, Arizona State and Alabama. He is said to be favoring the Sun Devils and the Cardinal.
A strong, punishing defensive lineman, Peat says he wants to go to a school where he can play right away. He told The Arizona Republic he wants a coaching staff that “will give me the best opportunity to make it to the NFL and make me the best player possible.” He already has been invited to play in two national high school all-star games.
For now, Todd Jr. and Andrus play for Corona, which went 4-6 and missed the playoffs last season under popular coach Gary Venturo, who retired.
The team that lands Todd Jr., may well have an advantage with Andrus, who was 6-6 and 265 pounds as a 10th grader. Andrus, an offensive lineman like his dad, has already caught the eyes of numerous recruiters.
And waiting in the wings is little brother Cassius, 12, who is also interested in playing football.