Peat explains license plate's role in commitment

BY foxsports • February 3, 2011

By Jason Jewell recruiting analyst

At a press conference Wednesday at Johnson Elementary School in Mesa, four-star defensive tackle Todd Peat announced where he will be spending the next four to five years of his life.

The Tempe Corona del Sol product had narrowed his choices to Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon State, but it was the Sun Devils and Cornhuskers that waged a war in Peat's mind.

"I went back and forth between those two," he said. "I was at a basketball game (Tuesday night), and I really felt like I was going to go to ASU. Then when I was driving home, the car in front of me had a Nebraska license plate, and it just hit me that Nebraska was where I wanted to go."

But Peat (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) did not just pick Nebraska on a whim. "I spent a lot of time praying and asking for guidance, and I feel like this is the right choice for me," Peat said.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini might have been the biggest influence.

"It came down to Coach Pelini," Peat said. "He believes in me as a player, and his program believes in me. I love the tradition and the atmosphere, and I think these coaches can bring me to my full potential."

Peat said he wants to major in sociology at Nebraska. He carries a 3.1 GPA and scored 1820 on the SAT.

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