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Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 1:40 pm | Updated: 2:51 pm, Wed Feb 1, 2012.

Four of the East Valley's top football prospects made their college choices known on National Signing Day Wednesday.

Corona del Sol offensive lineman Andrus Peat (who chose Stanford), Hamilton defensive tackle Jaxon Hood (Arizona State), Chandler wide receiver Javon Williams (UCLA) and Chaparral defensive end Dylan Cozens (Arizona) each waited until the last minute to make some fanbases happy and others upset.

Peat chose Stanford over Nebraska, USC and Florida State live on ESPNU's Signing Day Special show. Hundreds of students huddled around the makeshift set as he made the announcement at Corona.

Peat's older brother, Todd, plays for Nebraska and teammate Avery Moss committed to the Huskers, but Andrus went a different way.

Peat is the state's top prospect and is ranked No. 9 nationally by ESPN. He was a Parade All-American.

"I was going back and forth between the two schools but I thought I had a better opportunity at Stanford," Peat said. "I was nervous (during the announcement). It's a great feeling once you make that decision."

Andrus told Todd about choosing Stanford before the official announcement.

"He's proud of me for making the decision," Andrus said. "He's going to support me wherever I go."

Hood verbally committed to Boston College, but switched his pledge to Arizona State. The previous coaching staffs at Arizona State and Arizona did not offer him a scholarship, but new coaches Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez both extended offers soon after getting hired.

Hood was very vocal about being underrated, and said that chip on his shoulder helps him succeed in all walks of life.

"If you don't believe in yourself, nobody will," Hood said.

Cozens didn't play football until this season but his potential became evident immediately. He chose the Wildcats over Boise State and Washington.

Former Chaparral coach Charlie Ragle is now working for the Wildcats' football program and several teammates have committed to Arizona. Cozens is also a baseball star and will play both in college.

His father, Randy, played college football at Pittsburgh and in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, but dissuaded Dylan from playing because of the risk of injury.

Cozens said he didn't mind forgoing football for baseball before, but ‘now that I'm playing (football), I love it.'

Williams chose UCLA over Arkansas. He duped the crowd by grabbing the Razorbacks hat first before putting it down and putting on one with the Bruins insignia.

Peoria Centennial defensive back Zach Hoffpauir also made his decision on Wednesday, choosing Stanford over Arizona State.

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