Cassita Could Be Next Great RB

BYU lost out on one of the best running backs in the state of Utah when Stanley Havili committed to USC. The top back in Utah next season may be just as good. Will he bolt for the border like Havili?

Houston Cassita from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah put up some big numbers this year as a junior and is already hearing from some big time schools. TBS caught up with Cassita's head coach, Alex Jacobsen.

"In my 19 years of coaching football, Houston is easily in the top five of kids I've seen," Jacobsen said. "In my opinion he is as good as Havili."

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back recently ran a 4.5 second forty-yard dash with three track coaches timing him. He squats 475 pounds, and benches 275.

"Houston is a special talent," Jacobsen said. "He can run inside and outside. He has great cut-back ability."

This year Cassita ran for 1,015 yards and had 6.2 yard per carry average. He also had 252 yards receiving. He scored 18 touchdowns (13 rushing, 5 receiving).

Cassita will leave this weekend for junior day at the University of Tennessee. In May, he will participate in a high school camp at BYU.

"Houston likes Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oregon, Texas Tech, Utah and BYU," Jacobsen said. "I went to school with Mike Leach from Texas Tech, and he is a good friend of mine, so I've told him about Houston."

According to Coach Jacobsen, Cassita is a hard worker, who has good grades and does it all on the field.

"I had Houston play a little D-line and linebacker for us this year," Jacobsen said. "In one game he had the game saving sack."

TBS will follow up with Houston after his May camp at BYU to get an update on his recruiting.

"Houston is one of those players that will have a lot of offers early," Jacobsen said.


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