Friday, July 19, 2013
Another Peat making a name for himself
By Erik McKinney
By now, college coaches are very familiar with the path between their campus and the Peat household. Todd Peat was a four-star defensive tackle in the 2011 class who signed with Nebraska. Andrus Peat, a five-star offensive tackle, signed with Stanford in the 2012 class after a long recruiting battle. Now, another Peat is making waves on the recruiting scene, as 2015 outside linebacker Cassius Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) already has two scholarship offers and plenty of attention.
Arizona State was the first school to offer the 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior, while Michigan State extended an offer during Peat's unofficial visit earlier this week. He said things have really begun to pick up since May, although he wasn't sure what triggered the attention.
The unofficial visit to Michigan State came about because Peat was in Milwaukee for an AAU basketball tournament and figured he would combine that with a visit to Michigan and Michigan State.
"It was my first time at both schools," Peat said. "I thought Michigan State had a very beautiful campus; it was really clean. I like the coaching staff there a lot. Michigan was nice, too. Both of the tour guides gave me a good tour of the campuses and football facilities. It was really nice."
Peat said he was able to spend only three hours at Michigan and six at Michigan State, but that won't be the last time he visits either program.
"I'm for sure going back to Michigan for the Notre Dame game under the lights," Peat said. "I'm going back to Michigan State for a game, as well."
Peat has been on the road for much of this month, as he left from Milwaukee to Philadelphia for another basketball tournament. He's plenty familiar with the Midwest, however, as he has a number of family members in Illinois and Wisconsin, which could help the Big Ten schools in his recruitment. But those programs could have company in Peat's recruitment soon, as the linebacker will make unofficial visits to UCLA and USC once he returns home.
Peat visited both Los Angeles schools while his brothers went through the recruiting process, so there likely won't be any surprises there, although Peat did say he is hopeful that he could receive offers from both programs.
"They're both recruiting me pretty hard," he said of the Bruins and Trojans.
While things are still picking up for Peat, he said he is fairly confident in his ability to handle the process.
"It's new for me, but seeing them [Todd and Andrus] go through the same process, at the same time it's not really new," Peat said. "I learned as much as I could, seeing what they went through, with the dos and don'ts of the process."
Peat likely won't begin to narrow down his list until his senior season, but he'll put together a few more visits this fall. In addition to trips to see the Wolverines and Spartans, Peat said he will see a game at Stanford and could take in games at UCLA and USC.
A standout basketball player as well, Peat said he isn't sure whether he will continue playing hoops at the next level. While he is 100 percent committed to play football in college, he's being recruited by several programs -- including Ivy League schools -- for basketball.