Peat Visiting this Weekend

The Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol linebacker/defensive end, Cassius Peat, will be at UCLA on Saturday after getting an offer this week...

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol outside linebacker Cassius Peat (6-4, 235) is closing in on double-digit offers.

UCLA offered the four-star on Wednesday, and it was the ninth offer for him.

"I called up UCLA and they offered me as an outside linebacker," said Peat. "I talked with Coach Mazzone and like three or four other coaches. Then I got a chance to talk to Coach (Jim) Mora. Coach Mora is a really nice guy and a really good coach."

Peat said he watched a lot of UCLA this year, a team that had several Arizona natives on the roster.

"I watched them play a lot this year and I really like the coaching staff," said Peat. "They like me as a 3-4 outside linebacker, that hybrid type like Anthony Barr."

Peat was planning to visit UCLA in March, but said now he'll make it happen quick.

"I'm going up to UCLA on Saturday to visit," said Peat.

The Bruins joined an offer sheet that includes offers from Arizona State, California, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Washington State.

The youngest Peat is the third Scout 300 member from his own family, his older brother Todd signed with Nebraska in 2011 and Andrus signed with Stanford in 2012, and has started for the Cardinal on their offensive line the past two seasons. It's helped make him prepared for the recruiting process.

"I think I pretty much expected it to be like this, just because of my brothers getting recruited in high school," said Peat. "I always thought I would be like this. It's definitely given me the upper hand, seeing how they handled it."

Aside from the schools that have offered, Peat is hearing from Washington, Boston College and Nebraska.

But the schools he's most interested in right now include Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, Michigan State and Arizona State.

"Those are some big schools that have offered and kind of showed me what kind of recruit I was," said Peat.

Stanford has been in contact with Peat, though he said not as much as initially. He's hoping to take an unofficial visit in May to Palo Alto while in the Bay Area for the NFTC.

Vanderbilt is also in on him.

"They offered me before but Coach (Derek) Mason was recruiting me at Stanford and I'm definitely going to consider them seriously," said Peat.

Hometown Arizona State has a definite stake in his recruitment.

"I'm most definitely considering Arizona State," said Peat. "They have a really good coaching staff and I've known them for a long time. I have a good relationship with them and I'm considering them seriously."

Peat doesn't see a reason to rush through the process, especially knowing a lot about recruiting.

"I'm definitely going to take all five official visits," said Peat. "I'm going to take some visits and unofficials this spring and summer and then go to some spring practices at Arizona State and then visit Oklahoma and Notre Dame this spring or summer."

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