National Signing Day 2012: Andrus Peat Signs with Stanford, Kyle Murphy Too?

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  David DeCastro #52 of the Stanford Cardinal listens to Andrew Luck (L) #12 call a play in the huddle during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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In continuing coverage of national signing day, Stanford has made somewhat of a splash today by signing Barry Sanders Jr., and Andrus Peat as well.

The Cardinal have been one of college football's premier teams, as they have qualified for the BCS the past two years. They lost the Fiesta Bowl to Brandon Weeden and Oklahoma State. 

They have lost team cornerstones such as QB Andrew Luck and OGs David DeCastro and Jonathon Martin and are looking to retool to get back to the premier bowl games of college football.

Enter Andrus Peat.

The standout offensive tackle, who was ranked No. 9 overall by ESPN, picked Stanford over Nebraska and spurned the Huskers' offer to join his brother Todd, who is a defensive lineman.

Peat will be looked to replace DeCastro and/or Martin on the offensive line, in what looks to be an early rebuilding year for the Cardinal. 

A solid offensive line is the key for any offense to be successful, and with Kyle Murphy sitting on the fence between Stanford and USC, it will be interesting to see which direction he goes.

Stanford should make every effort to land Kyle Murphy to give the Cardinal two bookend linemen to pair with the new starting quarterback and to pave the way for Barry Sanders Jr.

It will be interesting to see what kind of moves other teams that need starting offensive linemen make to steal Kyle Murphy right from the Cardinal's clutches.