Cassell comfortable on ASU visit

Rahim Cassell has already familiarized himself with the Sun Devils prior to his official visit this past weekend, yet the recognizable surrounding still made a strong impact on him. The Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker discussed his recruiting with Devils Digest.

"It was pretty great," said Rahim Cassell about his visit. "They showed me the facilities, I talked to the academic staff at the school and just got to see everything they have there. I came down here once before in April so I already knew how fantastic the facilities were. The coaches showed me a lot of hospitality and I got to know the coaches more. I had good time hanging with Kevin Anderson and (Alden) Darby and it was great just hanging out with all the players.

"I really liked the game and it was more than I expected. The crowd was great. The linebackers played great in that game. Vontaze (Burfict) and Brandon (Magee) were flying around and I thought the defense played great. They had some mishaps on the offense but they were able to stay in the game."

Ironically the linebacker's only official visit prior to Arizona State was to Oregon.

"It wasn't weird going to the game and seeing them," Cassell stated in regards to the Ducks. "I'm not committed to any team and both schools are my favorites. I get along with both teams' coaches and I enjoyed the competition. It was cool to see two teams that I really like."

Cassell said that he plans to visit Boise State on October 8th and California sometime in December. "I still need to finalize those dates," he said. "I'm not really sure if I'm going to make a decision before or after those visits. ASU and Oregon are my top schools and right now I would probably choose one of them. But if I end up visiting Boise or Cal anything can happen."

The 6-1 215 Cassell remarked his athleticism is one trait that is especially appealing to the Sun Devil staff.

"They like my speed and said that I have great hips and am very agile for a linebacker," Cassell noted. "I have good footwork and a love for the game."

The Lakewood Lancers currently sport a 4-0 record and Cassell, who has 19 tackles thus far, is taking special pride in the team's defense. "We've been scored on just three times," the linebacker stated, "and one of them was on a trick play. So far so good. We got Compton coming up this week and a big game against Long Beach Poly the week after."

With his former teammate Anderson and current teammate and ASU commit Rashad Wadood in the fold, Cassell said that the tandem hasn't been putting too much pressure on him to join the maroon and gold.

"They tell me how much they want me to come there," Cassell said. "But they also know that it has to be my decision in the and. They have been cool about this (recruiting)."

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