Rising 2018 defender has CU's interest

Austin Westlake junior defender Braden Cassity was recently named LoneStarProspects.com’s No. 2 defensive end for the 2018 recruiting cycle. That honor caught the attention of Colorado as the Buffaloes continue to build ties in the state of Texas.

“Fast, all the time. That’s probably my biggest thing, making sure I’m running to the ball no matter where it is,” Cassity told BuffStampede.com about his playing style.

The 6-foot-3, 223-pounder with a relentless motor has the ability to bulldoze would-be blockers. Cassity has helped Westlake battle its way into the Texas 6A-D1 round of 16, with the 2018 hopeful adding to a growing list of colleges showing interest along the way.

“I’ve been hearing from a lot of schools. I don’t have any offers yet. My brother is a coach at Texas State and my dad is a coach at Western Kentucky so I have a lot of connections. That’s really helping me, but nothing really major yet,” Cassity said.

“LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas, Nebraska, Washington State, that’s pretty much the main ones,” he continued on interest.

The rising Westlake prospect recently landed a new Twitter follower, one that’s savvy on the social media platform, hashtag the rise is real, fire emoji. Colorado’s Texas ace, Darrin Chiaverini, surely keeps an eye on all of the rankings in the Lone Star State.

“I got ranked on the Lone Star Prospects and right after that they followed me,” Cassity said of CU.

“I can’t believe it honestly,” he continued on the ranking.  

Cassity knows a little bit about the state of Colorado and he’s monitored the rise of the Buffaloes from the Austin area. The 6-foot-3 lineman, and occasional linebacker, has a lacrosse background that has helped with movement on the football field.

“A little bit. I’ve only been there one. I went to Vail and I loved it. … I was actually there for a tournament for lacrosse,” Cassity said of knowledge of Colorado.

The big defender eventually put down the lacrosse stick to focus on football. Cassity has been a warrior on the camp circuit, a trend he plans to continue this coming spring and summer.  

“A lot have talked to me about offering, a lot of them are saying they really want me. I’m just hoping until after the season and seeing what happens,” Cassity continued on colleges.

“A lot are telling me they want me to be a linebacker. I run like a 4.85, so could improve a little bit.”

The Buffs digging in at Westlake would seem to be a good idea. The Austin powerhouse’s 2017 class includes three four-star players, all ranked in Scout's top 300.

“I have a lot of friends that are from Colorado. They love them and support them. I always see mail from Colorado in Stephan [Zabie] and Levi [Jones]’s lockers and stuff,” Cassity continued on the Buffs.

In order to go from the No. 2 ranking to the top spot, Cassity has identified areas of improvement. He hopes to hear more for the Buffs and would like to land that first offer.  

“Strength, I feel like that’s something you can never really stop improving. My speed as well if I’m not going to be playing D-line,” Cassity said of goals for college preparation.


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