Peat Talks Top Six

UCLA made the cut for the Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol four-star linebacker, Cassius Peat...

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol outside linebacker Cassius Peat (6-4, 230), named his top six last week and it was a blend of the Pac-12 plus the Big Ten, Big 12 and the SEC.

"It's not my final six, but it's my top six right now," said Peat. "And those six are all pretty even."

Those six schools were hometown Arizona State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Peat talked about each of his top six.

UCLA: "It's a great school and I really liked it when I took an unofficial visit there in the spring. I got to go over and spend some time with the staff and I really like them all and have a great relationship with them. It's also close to home and I have a lot of family in that area so that will definitely play a factor in being close. I'm excited to get out there on an official visit."

Arizona State: "I have a good relationship with them and they were my first offer. Being 10 minutes away from home, it's convenient. My family has been ASU fans and my grandparents are alumni. They've turned around the program with Coach (Todd) Graham."

Michigan State: "They were my second offer and they've been consistent in recruiting me. I visited last summer and the facilities are nice and the program is coming up and will be good in the future."

Oklahoma: "It's another great program and always consistent. I talk with Coach (Tim) Kish pretty often and Coach (Bob) Stoops is doing a good job there. I've heard only good things about the campus and excited to get out there in July."

Oregon: "It's a great program as well that is always winning. They compete for championships in the Pac-12 every year and I've got family up there. I'm visiting in July as well and I'm excited to get up and see everything. I know a lot of people on the football and basketball teams, growing up with a lot of guys."

Texas A&M: "It's another great program and it's obviously the best conference in football, playing the best teams in the country and that's definitely a reason why they're in my top six. They have a great staff over there. Again, it's a school I can't wait to see and I've only heard things about it being a great campus in a college town."

Peat's older brother, Andrus, is an All-American tackle at Stanford, who lost to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl and he got some good-natured ribbing from his brother when he named his top six.

"Andrus gave me a hard time about that," said Peat. "He really did."

He'll get to see Michigan State twice this fall, once on his official visit to East Lansing and the other when he visits Oregon.

"I'm going to Oregon when they play Michigan State, to Michigan State for Nebraska, to Texas A&M for LSU and to Oklahoma for the Tennessee game," said Peat. "I think I'll visit UCLA for the Oregon game and I know we'll drive out there when UCLA plays Stanford to see Andrus play. It works around my schedule because I can go to almost every Arizona State home game. I am taking my five officials to the schools besides Arizona State and then seeing every home game."

Peat then hopes to make a decision in January.

"I'd like to do January but either January or February after the in-home visits and official visits," said Peat.

But first comes the unofficial visits he's got set for this month.

"I'm going to Texas A&M and Oklahoma first on the same trip, then flying back to Arizona," said Peat. "Then I'll fly up to Oregon and come back to Phoenix. I also might visit Cal when I go visit my brother at Stanford."

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