Huskers land big late signee

Defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr., a native of Tempe, Ariz., spurned hometown Arizona State and fellow Pac-10 school Oregon State to sign with Nebraska.

Peat ranks as the nation's No. 24 defensive tackle, weighs in at 295 pounds and stands 6-foot-3.

Nebraska would like to see Peat develop into a player who has made the impact of star defensive tackle Jared Crick, who is returning to Nebraska for his senior year in 2011, following in the defensive tackle tradition at Nebraska under Bo Pelini after Ndamukong Suh, who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2010 NFL draft.

The Huskers have had good luck recruiting in Arizona. All-American cornerback Prince Amukamara projects as an early first-round pick in the 2011 draft and hailed from Phoenix.