Anthony Barr is a name cropping up a lot this cycle when discussing UCLA recruiting, as in: who is going to be the next Anthony Barr?
Count Cassius Peat among the potential candidates.
The Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol outside linebacker visited UCLA on Saturday and much of his trip was spent dissecting video of Barr and his role on the defense, with the coaches telling Peat that he could fit that role well.
The pitch struck a chord with the four-star.
"That's exactly the position I want to play, as an outside linebacker, versatile, rush-the-passer type," Peat said. "We sat down and watched a lot of film of (Barr's), and they kind of told me that the position they'd be recruiting me for.
"We just watched film and talked football, so that was great."
Peat, who is 6'4 and 235 pounds, also took a tour of the campus. It wasn't his first time on campus, though, as he came on a visit with his older brother Andrus Peat during his recruitment, but he said it was refreshing to do it for the first time as a recruit.
Peat's primary recruiter is Angus McClure, but he said that it's really been a group effort from the UCLA coaching staff.
"It's not just one guy," Peat said. "Coach McClure has been doing it mostly, but really it's been multiple coaches on the staff. It was really great to meet everyone in person too. They're all really nice guys. Coach Mora is a really nice guy and a good coach, as well as the whole staff. It was great."
Peat will actually not participate in the NFTC tomorrow, and had no plans to visit USC while he was in town, so the trip to Los Angeles was solely focused on checking out UCLA.
Peat said that there are a variety of schools recruiting him hard at the moment, including UCLA, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, and Oregon, but he has no plans to narrow down his list anytime soon.
"There are really no favorites right now," Peat said. "I'll probably narrow that list down after I take some unofficials and officials this spring, summer, and fall. I'd like to have a top ten by the end of the summer."
As for further visits, Peat had no definite plans, but said there are two schools he's like to prioritize for visits before the end of the summer.
"I have no specific plans, but I'm going to try to visit Oklahoma and Notre Dame some time before the end of the summer," Peat said. "There may be some other schools I try to visit during that time as well, but that's something my parents and I will talk about."
Peat plans to take all five official visits before he makes his decision, so his recruitment could stretch all the way to Signing Day.
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