Peat enjoys trip to Eugene

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol linebacker Cassius Peat discusses his unofficial visit to Oregon and plans going forward.

Corona Del Sol outside linebacker Cassius Peat took an unofficial visit to Oregon this week, wrapping up the visit on Thursday afternoon.

The Ducks recently landed in Peat’s list of six favorites and for the first time the four-star prospect got a chance to check out what they have offer in person.

While on the trip, Peat reunited with friend and former high school teammate Casey Benson who’s now a guard on the Ducks basketball team. Peat is also friends with fellow Arizona natives and Ducks football players Jalen Brown and Jalen Jelks, giving him a sense of home despite being over 1,200 miles away.

“Having some guys from home that you know definitely is a benefit,” Peat said.

Peat admitted that his friends are attempting to lure him to Eugene.

“They’re definitely trying to get me up there,” he said. “I was texting Jalen Jelks the other day and he was giving me the whole pitch about Oregon and telling me good things about it.”

Discussing the visit, Peat said he enjoyed his time in Eugene because of a few factors.

“They have great coaches over there and great people too,” Peat said. “It’s a good family environment and they have great facilities. I got to check all that out. It was a great visit.”

Peat also picked the brain of outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander, learning about how the Ducks conduct business on a daily basis from practice all the way up to game day. Although the staff believes he can play multiple positions, the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder feels most comfortable as an outside linebacker.

“We definitely talked about defensive schemes,” Peat said. “I definitely could see myself thriving in that system.”

Outside of football, Peat also toured the campus where he feels he essentially got “the full package”.

“It’s a very beautiful campus,” Peat said. “I got to sit down with the academic people and there’s a lot of support there so that’s great.”

Peat has no other visits planned until he takes his officials. Michigan State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and UCLA are all slated for officials, although no dates have been finalized. Arizona State, who’s also among his favorites, will receive an unofficial visit due to Peat’s close proximity to the school.

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