Recruting Picks up for Cassita

Jordan High School running back Houston Cassita knows that keeping yourself grounded is an important lesson in the world of sports, and despite having received quite a bit of attention from colleges nationwide, he is still humble at heart.

"That's something we've kind of learned this past year," said Houston Cassita. "We thought we were going to beat Pleasant Grove before we played them, but we lost in the first round of the play-offs."

Despite the loss, Jordan High School has quite a bit of talent coming back and is poised at making a run in the state playoffs next season.

"We've got some good players coming back, like our whole team is coming back and all our skilled players are coming back," said Cassita. "We've got Shawn Taylor who is our quarterback and he's really good, and we have two receivers in Scott Ebert and Cody Raymond. Cody Raymond, he was an All-State as a sophomore and he'll be a junior this next year. We had four senior starters and the rest were juniors."

One of the featured players in what was a well rounded offensive attack last season, Cassita is primed to take over again as a featured running back for a talented Jordan program. He may even see double duties again.

"I played both ways," Cassita said. "On defense I play everywhere. Wherever [coaches] need me. I don't have any defensive stats. I like playing offense more because that's what I'm best at.

"I'm 5-10 and like 195 to 197," said Cassita. "I'm pretty quick I run a 4.4 and ran a 4.1 shuttle up at Utah. I had I think around 1015 yards and 252 receiving. I averaged 6.2 yards per carry and I had like 164 carries. I think I had like 18 or 19 rushing touchdowns and I think 3 or 4 receiving."

The recruiting letters have already started showing up in the mail for Cassita, who was selected as a first team all-region and all-state honorable mention for his on the field accomplishments last year. Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oregon, Cal, Missouri, Clemson, Miami, Florida, Colorado State, Utah, BYU, Utah State have all sent letters to Cassita but non have offered yet.

Houston's father Zack Cassita grew up in the state of Texas, and although Houston grew up in Utah, he does not really have an overwhelming in-state preference in regards to a favorite college choice like many others who have grown up under the red or blue influences state wide.

"Well I like Utah and BYU," said Cassita. "I don't know either way. I like Utah because of the environment up there because it's kind of like my home town and everything. I also like their coaches.

"I like [BYU's] coaches and BYU has a really nice school, a really nice school," Cassita said. "I've been up there to their campus and have looked around. They have nice facilities and a really nice weight room. I like their head coach and I like Brandon Doman too."

Having grown up in the mountains, Cassita is considering a change of scenery for his future profession.

"I'm looking at the educational things," Cassita said. "I'll probably look into Marine Biology. I like the ocean. I'm doing pretty good; I've got a 2.6 GPA and I'm taking some classes for my ACT right now."

Although he is LDS, Cassita is not sure about going on a mission. Cassita is aware of the religious element of a BYU education, but football will be the deciding factor in his decision.

"The religion aspect is good," said Cassita, "but really it's to play football and that's the main aspect, but of course religion has something to do with it as well."

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