Recruit Focus: Cassius Peat

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Cassius Peat

CURRENT RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.6)
PROJECTED FINAL RIVALS RANKING:
4 Star (5.8)
HT: 6′ 4″
WT: 235
POS: Defensive End or Tight End
HOMETOWN: Tempe, Arizona
OTHER OFFERS: ASU, Boston College, California, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, ducks, Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington, Washington State

Hudl Profile

Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Defensive End
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Scott Crichton, Dorian Smith

STRENGTHS
– Good first step and punch
– Legs drive through the ball carrier on tackles
– Effective with his hands in bull rush
– Able to shed blockers well
– Aggressive at the point of attack and appears to be very strong
– Also uses a rip move well, leaning into blocker
– High motor, tenacious attitude in following the play
– Doesn’t get moved easily and maintains leverage
– Uses helmet will in contact at point of attack
– Good vision and balance in traffic
– Uses a quick spin move effectively to disengage with blockers.

QUESTIONS
– Doesn’t have high top end speed
– Predominantly uses two moves (bull rush and rip)
– Played with slightly high pad level
– Can be distracted from the play when he dominates a one on one battle

SUMMARY:
I put some questions in here because everyone has things to work on, but honestly, Peat is a pretty amazing player.  While I didn’t see him use a push pull often or a swim move, those can be learned if he needs them.  Cassius is so aggressive, especially with his hands, that he will be able to do a lot with just refinement of his techniques.    He is not a speed rush end, so don’t expect Clowney like numbers, but he fits well with what OSU does. I can see him adding twenty pounds and playing outside and inside like both Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn have.

In watching the Brophy College Prep flim, Cassius is constantly lifting linemen off their feet with his punch and knocking helmets back. While I cannot hear it, I bet it practice when he hits guys there is either a huge pop or a deadening thud.  Throughout the films you see him just pound guys and never quit. There is a reason that he has so many premium offers.  He will be a GREAT 3-4 rush backer or be a guy that can play every position on the line for the Beavers.

He is A LOT like Scott Crichton in that he abuses guys and forces a lot of poor decisions by opposing linemen.  There is also a healthy amount of attitude in the way he plays which is great for keeping your teammates engaged and pumped up.  I can imagine it is not fun going against him for opposing teams.   In that same vein, there is a clip of him making a block down field as a tight end where he just destroys the guy he is blocking.  He then stops completely.  While I am sure he was pumped up about crushing a guy, a player should only stop when the play does, in my opininon. it was not going to effect that play as they were running away from everyone, but a guy as passionate as Cassius needs to make sure he keeps focus during the entirety of the play.  He does that in almost every play there, but that one stuck out to me as a good and bad example and a play I may have left off my film.

It is not like people are not going to know he is amazing by all the other film there.

This will be a tough land for the Beavers as the Peat name is well known in College Football, with his brothers playing for ASU and Stanford. Landing Cassius would be a HUGE pickup for the Beavers and I can see him making an immediate impact. If he works on his quickness off the line and refining his moves he will probably dominate his league this year, get more offers and move up the ranking lists.

My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that should Peat come to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 3-year starter (and maybe make the rotation on the defensive line and special teams his first year) and will most likely play Defensive End.

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