Irish offer four-star Arizona linebacker

Notre Dame offered junior linebacker Cassius Peat of Tempe (Az.) Corona Del Sol, the younger brother of former four-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat of Stanford and former four-star defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr. The youngest Peat has already scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame for next fall.

Outside linebacker Cassius Peat of Tempe (Az.) Corona Del Sol picked up his fifth offer from Notre Dame on Thursday.

"It's a big offer," Peat said. "The Irish are obviously rich in tradition, have great academics and a beautiful campus."

Peat also holds offers from Arizona State, California, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. Two schools that have expressed interest but have not pulled the trigger on an offer are Nebraska and Stanford, where his older brothers found homes for their college football careers. The oldest Peat, Todd Jr., has since transferred from Nebraska to Eastern Arizona.

"I definitely am not emphasizing playing at those schools because of my brothers," Peat said. 'I'm going to go to the school that's the best fit for me, personally."

Peat, who recorded 34 tackles and 6.5 sacks on last year's season, is not naming favorites at this point in the process, but so far his only official set up is to Notre Dame. He'll head to South Bend to see the Irish take on Stanford this upcoming season.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing Notre Dame," Peat said. "I almost got out there this past summer, but it didn't work out. I'm going to sit down with my parents and see what places I'm going to visit this spring and summer, and it's possible Notre Dame could get a visit before the official visit."

Peat was offered by Notre Dame as an outside linebacker/defensive end. He's also hearing frequently from Washington and Florida State.

"First of all, academics will matter," Peat said. "That will the major factor. Then, my relationship with the staff, campus life and the opportunity to play early."

Peat is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the class of 2015.

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