Cashing in on the opportunity to host recruits for open bowl practices during their time in Arizona preparing for the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Saturday night, the Michigan football team had four-star 2015 Corona Del Sol (Ariz.) linebacker Cassius Peat drop in on Christmas Eve Tuesday afternoon.
“I got to stand on the sideline and watch a little bit of practice, got to see how practice went, the tempo, and things like that,” Peat said following the visit. “I got to see the defensive line and the linebackers so, that was good.”
Added Peat, “The tempo is a lot different from high school to college. That’s one thing that I noticed was that the tempo was very high.”
Though the Wolverines are recruiting Peat as an outside linebacker the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder also spends time with his hand in the dirt on his high school team, potentially having the ability to do both at the next level.
Peat’s area recruiter is Michigan tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Dan Ferrigno.
“He came to one of my spring ball practices last year,” Peat said of Ferrigno. “I really like him, he’s a cool guy.
“I talk to him and joke around with him a little bit. He’s a really laid back, fun type of guy.”
In the state of Michigan in July for an AAU tournament, Peat took an unofficial visit to familiarize himself with the Wolverines.
“I haven’t really had too much contact with them,” Peat said. “The first time we met I went on a visit over summer and I got a chance to see the campus and facilities.
“Coach Ferrigno told me to call him later this week so we’ll see what that’s about.”
Peat also visited East Lansing to check out the Michigan State Spartans in July.
Having also visited Arizona State and Stanford, Peat plans to spend a significant amount of time making trips over the next year.
“This spring and summer and going into next fall I expect to go on a lot of visits,” Peat said.
Will a return trip to Michigan be included?
“Chances are really high,” Peat said. “They’re starting to recruit me pretty hard now so there’s a good chance I’m going to go back and visit, probably next fall for a game or over summer, whenever that is.”
After missing the first five games of his junior season due to an ankle injury, Peat came back to lead Corona Del Sol to a 4-1 mark in the second half, recording 9.5 sacks and 40 tackles, unofficially.
“I was playing very well,” he said. “I think I had a very solid, individual, junior season.”
Heading into a very important off-season prior to his senior season, Peat is on a plan to get better as a football player and leader.
“Besides getting in the weight room and getting bigger, faster, and stronger for college, I just want to work on my technique,” Peat said. “(Also) hands and moves coming off the ball and both dropping into coverage and playing with my hand on the ground, playing kind of a hybrid in high school.”
With football in his veins, Peat will be the third brother in his family to play division one football -- his oldest brother Todd Jr. went to Nebraska in the class of 2011 before transferring back to Eastern Arizona, and Andrus, who signed with Stanford in the class of 2012.