Michigan State has high hopes for redshirt freshman Cassius Peat, but so far it appears he may not be living up to expectations off the field.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio told reporters Thursday that Peat has not been in camp, and alluded that he must work on his academics before he can return to the team.
As for Cassius Peat, he's not in camp. He's not suspended, but it sounds like he has to get his academics right before coming back.
— Jeremy Warnemuende (@JSWarno247) August 18, 2016
“So right now, he’s sort of in flux,” Dantonio told 247Sports.com. “He’s not been suspended or anything like that. (We’re) giving him an opportunity to work on his academics and sort of get himself in order.”
Peat was a 3-star recruit out of Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, and was ranked the No. 3 player in Arizona’s Class of 2015 by 247Sports.com. He redshirted last season, and was expected to compete for playing time this fall.
Michigan State lists him at 6-foot-3, 264 pounds.
Peat is also the son of Todd Peat, who played six years in the NFL in the late 1980s and early ’90s. His brother Andrus Peat was a first-round pick out of Stanford and plays offensive line for the New Orleans Saints, and he has another brother — Todd Peat Jr. — who signed with Nebraska but has since transferred to Texas A&M Commerce (Division II).