Peat discusses ASU visit

Before fall camp is about to begin and unofficial trips may be hard to come by, Tempe Corona del Sol’s standout Cassius Peat wanted to make the short drive down to Arizona State to visit with its coaches. How did today’s encounter differ from previous ones with the hometown school? We caught up with the Aztecs’ linebacker to discuss the visit and his overall recruiting process.

“It was great going there and hanging out with the coaches,” Peat said. “I talked to Coach Graham, Coach Randolph and Coach Patterson. This was the second time I met Coach Patterson and I get a good vibe when I talk to him. He’s a good coach, good person, and easy to talk to. Like Coach Graham he’s a defensive minded coach and it will be excited to see how the defense does this year.

“The coaches stressed how important I am to them in their recruiting class. That is something that they really emphasized and I’d say that was different than the other (ASU) visits.”

For several months now the 6-4 235 Cassius Peat has been high on Arizona State’s board as one of the Sun Devils’ prime Devil backer prospects. Peat said that the hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end role suits his skills and he feels that his chances to succeed in such a position are favorable.

“I know the coaches have the same mindset as myself,” Peat commented. “So I do want to go to a school where I know I can reach my full potential and have the coaches develop me. The coaches and I see eye to eye on that stuff, so that’s really good. You go there and talk to them and you feel comfortable because it’s a family environment, and that’s very important because that is what you want to feel when you go to a place where you’re going to spend the next four, five years .

“The coaches talked to me today about my size, length and athleticism, my high motor and my leadership, and they are excited about all that. My personality is to be a leader, and Coach Graham likes that. He stresses discipline and structure and I think that is really important and that’s what you want to have when you go to a school. You know coaches like that will push you to your full potential. You want to go to a place where the coaches really care about you.”

In late June Peat announced a final six list of favorites that included (in no order): ASU, Oregon, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Michigan State and UCLA. The linebacker commented that he will visit Oregon this week for the very first time, and the tandem of colleges which he has yet to visit, Texas A&M, Oklahoma could be official visit destinations later this year.

“I just want to get a feel for all my options,” Peat said of his visit plans. “I can go to any home game at ASU because they’re down the street, but I think I need to still officially visit them to compare to the other schools I’m (officially) visiting and get as much information as I can.

“I really can’t tell when I’m going to decide, but I’m definitely going to take official visits to see what the game day atmosphere is like. I’m going to trim that list to three and try to go out and see them again when it’s not game day before I make my decision, which would probably be January or February.”

Peat said that there will be a few factors that will guide his decision process, before he makes his pledge to a school.

“I want to go somewhere where the coaches really want me,” Peat said. “I want to go to a good environment where I can fit in with the players and everyone else on the team. Opportunity to play early is also a factor in the decision. I want to go to a place where the campus and area around it is a good environment since that is where I’m going to live for the next four, five years of my life.”

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