Andrus Peat has already picked up some important verbal offers and another one came this week when Southern Cal offered the 2012 offensive tackle from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol.
"They verbally offered," Peat said of the Trojans. "They have a great tradition there so it's a big-time offer. I'm really honored to get it and I got a chance to talk to coach (James) Cregg, coach (Joe) Barry and coach (Lane) Kiffin and they said they're high on me."
Peat, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect, now has verbal offers from USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Duke, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford and Wake Forest. Corona Del Sol opened its season last weekend with a 17-10 win against Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain.
Peat is considered one of the top rising juniors on the West Coast and he said he's just taking his time with recruiting and wants to see which other programs will offer him before his senior season starts.
"It's exciting to see all the schools that are interested in me," Peat said. "It's nice to have as many offers as possible to decide where I want to go to school.
"It's really nice. I want to keep all my options open and see how all the schools do the next couple years and then I can make my decision."
Something else that might factor into his decision is where his brother, Todd, goes to college. Todd Peat Jr. is a four-star defensive tackle who has an official visit set up for Nebraska for the weekend of Oct. 15 when it hosts Texas.
He's also expected to schedule official visits to Stanford and possibly Alabama.
Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Oregon State and Wake Forest are also in the running for Peat, rated No. 14 at defensive tackle, No. 158 nationally and fourth in the Arizona state rankings by Rivals.com. The Cardinal has been considered his favorite.