Cassius Peat will not be returning to play for Michigan State after all.
The defensive end told the Detroit Free Press on Saturday that coaches told him Wednesday he should come not back to play with the Spartans.
“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.”
Peat, a former three-star prospect was committed to Michigan State as part of its 2015 recruiting class. After redshirting his freshman campaign, he transferred to Prima Community College in Arizona for the following season.
He was planning on rejoining the Spartans this season, and hoping for an opportunity at redemption. Now that he’s blocked from returning by the Michigan State coaching staff, Peat said he will be eyeing other Big Ten and Pac-12 schools.
“I have respect for them, and I understand it’s a business,” Peat said. “But morally, man, as a 20-year-old kid with a family, for them to do that is – I can’t even put it into words, to be honest.
“I did nothing wrong. I was admitted to get back in and everything. I’ve been trying to bite my lip about it, but I just feel like I have to put that out there. … They didn’t even give me a reason.”
This appears to be another bump in an offseason filled with turmoil for Mark Dantonio and his program.