Commitment Analysis: DE/OLB Cassius Peat

OCT. 14 -- Scout takes a look at what UCLA is getting in the Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol four-star defensive end/outside linebacker, Cassius Peat...

Profile: Cassius Peat
Position: Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
Location: Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 235 pounds

Ranking: Ranked as No. 11 OLB in 2015 and No. 127 player overall by Scout.com.

Recruiting: Chose UCLA from a top six that included Arizona State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas A&M.

The Scouting Report: Peat is a versatile defender, able to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 or defensive end in a 4-3. That's as of now. With Peat, though, there is still plenty of room to add weight, and he could end up growing into the 270 range, which would put him as a defensive end in a 3-4 as well. Peat is a physical player who plays with an edge and brings a ton of disruption from his spot. The biggest thing for Peat will be consistency and playing with a motor at all times. He's got great bloodlines, the third of the Peat brothers to be in the Scout 300, with older brother Todd a former four-star U.S. Army All-American who played at Nebraska and another brother, Andrus, an UnderArmour All-American who's an All-American candidate as a tackle for Stanford. His father played in the NFL too as a lineman.

Overall Analysis: For the second week in a row, UCLA got a commitment coming off a loss, a nice way to turn the attention. In Peat, they got a player they offered early on and beat out a pretty good group of schools for, namely hometown Arizona State as well as Rose Bowl champions Michigan State, Sugar Bowl champions Oklahoma and Texas A&M. He visited UCLA officially over the weekend and said before the trip he was planning to take all five, with only Michigan State and Oklahoma getting visits from him. But before the trip ended, Peat announced that he would commit a day after he returned home to Arizona. With Peat, it again gives UCLA a top target from the state of Arizona, a place they've been having good success of late (three starters on offense are from Arizona). It also gives them a player at a position of need- a disruptive pass rusher, something they severely lack. Peat, along with Rick Wade, give UCLA two of those, with both having even more physical upside than many other defensive ends- both are tall with frames to add more weight but are terrific prospects already. He's the seventh commitment on the defensive side of the ball for UCLA.

Check out Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell's evaluation of Peat.


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