Cassius Peat will not be rejoining Michigan State’s team this fall after all, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio confirmed Tuesday.
The defensive end, who was set to return to East Lansing after spending last season at a junior college, told the Detroit Free Press he was instructed by Spartans’ coaches that he could not come back for the 2017 campaign.
Dantonio elaborated on the reasoning for keeping Peat off the team, saying he didn’t do “certain things” during the spring semester.
“It’s unfortunate what was written. I can say that,” Dantonio said at a press conference. “We’ve been in contact with Cassius throughout the semester, and there’s certain things that you’ve got to be able to get done before you can come back. It’s one of those things, but I don’t want to speak bad about anybody.”
Peat told the Free Press that he was told by coaches not to return to the team last week and that he was “blindsided” by it.
“Morally, I didn’t think it was right,” Peat said. “Four days before I was supposed to report, they just blindsided me and said I couldn’t come.”
A former 3-star recruit, Peat was initially part of the Spartans’ 2015 recruiting class. He redshirted in 2015 before spending last season at a junior college. In March, it was reported Peat was planning to return to Michigan State for the 2017 season.
Peat’s college football future remains in limbo.