"Coach said that he likes my length, my aggressiveness and my burst. They think I fit in prefect for the position. Playing basketball helped me with my footwork and athleticism and that can also help me there (play the Devil backer position). Coach Randolph and Coach Graham told me that I'm their number one priority for the 2015 class and that stuck out for me."
As a junior, the 6-4 235-pound Cassius Peat recorded 34 tackles and 6.5 sacks for the Aztecs. He is ranked no. 16 by Scout.com among the 2015 class' outside linebackers.
"I'm a very aggressive and physical player," Peat described. "I play with a lot of passion and I like to get after the quarterback. There is no one specific thing I want to improve on, I just want to improve as an all-around player. I want to put on 20 more pounds, but the coaches told me that I'm already big enough. But you always need to get stronger when you get to college."
Peat is part of a Tempe Corona Del Sol basketball squad that captured three consecutive state championships, and therefore that sport is near and dear to the linebacker. Nonetheless, he will start prioritizing his off-season activities as he prepares for college.
"I'm done playing AAU basketball," Peat declared. "So right now I'm focused on off-season workouts and spring ball, getting ready for my senior season. I will play basketball my senior season, but then it's all football in college."
Peat has a dozen scholarship offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Washington among others. Notre Dame and Oklahoma are in line to receive unofficial visits from him before the summer. Additionally, he plans to attend ASU's spring practice again this coming Saturday.
His older brothers Todd and Andrus, who signed with Nebraska and Stanford respectively, have been offering him some advice along the way as the younger Peat gets more and more engaged in his own recruiting process.
"It's definitely been an advantage to see both of their recruitments," Peat admitted. "They told me to basically choose the school that best fits me because in the end it is my decision. They told me that I need to really analyze everything before I make that decision."
While the linebacker doesn't have a short list of favorites at this point, he didn't deny the fact that he does have some level of affinity for Arizona State.
"They were the first school to really recognize my talent, and that definitely sticks out to me and is important to me," Peat stated. "I'm definitely seriously considering ASU. They are definitely up there. My parents see a difference in this coaching staff and my dad, as well as myself, like the discipline that the new staff brings to the table. Both of my grandparents graduated from ASU, as well as some of my aunts and uncles. Obviously I know a lot about the school and a lot of guys I went to high school with go there.
"I've been going to the games there since I've been a little kid, so I'm very familiar with the school and the tradition at ASU."
Familiarity aside, Peat valued getting a player's perspective of the program while he was at practice.
"I got to talk to Jaelen Strong for a pretty good amount of time," Peat commented. "We talked about the football program and the coaching staff. He told me he really liked the program and the coaches, so it's really good to get apperception of a program talking to a player and it's a better point of view than talking to the coaches."
Peat doesn't have a timetable for a decision, but does know what aspects he will consider before making a verbal commitment.
"I'm going to look at the coaching staff and the relationship I have with them," Peat said. "Academics and early playing time are also determining factors of where I'm going to play."