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Former Michigan State defensive end Cassius Peat commits to Arizona State

He’s staying home.


Former Michigan State and Scottsdale Community College defensive lineman Cassius Peat announced he committed to the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday evening via his Twitter page.

Peat, who played high school football and basketball at Corona Del Sol (Tempe), calls his decision to come home “living out a childhood dream.” He won four state basketball championships as an Aztec.

The defensive end is rated a three-star by, and chose ASU over Florida State, Oregon, Michigan State and Indiana.

Peat’s road to ASU has no shortage of twists and turns, but there was never a dead end.

He redshirted his freshman year at Michigan State in 2015, then left the program before the 2016 season for personal reasons. He attended Pima Community College solely for academics in 2016, before transferring to play at Scottsdale Community College in 2017, but saw action in just two games due to injury.

Peat had committed to UCLA in September of 2016, then flipped his commitment to Michigan State in March of 2017. He decommitted in June.

The JUCO transfer will have two years to play and can suit up in 2018.

With the departure of Tashon Smallwood, A.J. Latu and JoJo Wicker, Dougladson Subtyl, George Lea and Renell Wren are the lone Sun Devil defensive linemen who saw playing time last season and are set to return.

Eleven recruits already signed to play for Arizona State during the first phase of early signing period from Dec. 20-22. ASU head coach Herm Edwards and Co. have less two weeks before National Signing Day on Feb. 7.