Position: Outside Linebacker
Ht/Wt: 6'4" / 235 lbs.
Location: Corona Del Sol High School - Tempe, Arizona
Offers: Arizona, California, Michigan State, Vanderbilt
Although he battled through an injury-riddled season, junior outside linebacker Cassius Peat (Tempe, AZ) did enough to warrant the attention he is receiving from major college programs. "I would say it went pretty well," said Peat. "I missed the first five games because of a ankle injury, but I played pretty well even though my team didn't make the playoffs. There were some fibers in my Achilles that were torn that I had to get repaired. It's a lot of rehab, but it's been fine for a couple months now. It's been fine for a good while now."
Peat's ability to impact the game for Corona Del Sol was evident after his return, and the composite 4-star recruit on 247sports has continued to hear from some big names across the country. Cassius includes Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Nebraska and Vanderbilt as just a few of the schools in steady pursuit.
But it is usually Peat that finds himself in pursuit and he recognizes that this quality stands out when watching his film. "I'm a physical, athletic, smart player that tries to cause havoc for the offense on every single play," said Peat. One aspect that bodes well for Peat once he hits college is his very long, athletic frame. He has a strong build, but looks capable of supporting more weight if he is asked to rush the passer at the next level. This versatility has also helped elevate his profile as a top target for the Wolverines on the west coast.
Over the summer, Peat took a trip up to Michigan for an AAU basketball tournament and made a stop in Ann Arbor to check out the Wolverines campus. Peat enjoyed what he saw during his stop at Michigan and returned the favor when Michigan traveled to his neck of the woods for bowl practice in December. Peat dropped by to observe Michigan prepare for Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and was impressed with what he saw. "Yeah, I was able to get out and watch a practice," said Peat. "I had the chance to watch the linebackers and defensive line- the front seven. I saw their special teams play too. I stayed for about 45 minutes and got to see a lot. It was great."
During his visit, Peat had the chance to talk to a member of the Michigan staff, but it was a short conversation for obvious reasons. "I talked to coach Singletary briefly," said Peat. "They can't talk to us too much because of NCAA rules so it was just a brief conversation." The dialogue between Peat and Michigan is more than established at this point and it is likely that it will grow over the offseason.
Although Michigan is a tough trip for Peat to make geographically speaking, this factor does not hurt Michigan's chances in the least. "No, not at all," said Peat. "Whichever schools fits me best is where I'll be. It doesn't matter where it's at. I'm looking for a good coaching staff and good academics. I'm also looking for the chance to play early on."
At the moment Peat is unsure of just exactly which schools will receive a visit from him over the offseason, but Michigan sticks out as a team that has a good chance to experience a return trip. "That's another thing I'm going to sit down and talk with my parents," said Peat. "I don't have any specifics yet, but I'll have a better year when the school year ends Michigan definitely one of the teams. I got to go and see the campus over summer and I definitely plan on going back, maybe for a game next year."