Three-star offensive tackle Tyler Casados is one of the recruits to watch at the high school located in southeast Los Angeles County this time around.
Colorado offered Casados a scholarship last May, and in advance of this year's spring evaluation period, the Class of 2018 prospect has been drawing increased interest from Cal, UCLA, Duke, Iowa State and Northwestern.
“Recruiting hasn't gotten too serious yet but I am going to be going out to some camps (including the Nike Opening regional event in Los Angeles) in the coming weeks,” said Casados. “I haven't been able to take any [visits] yet. I have to plan that all out with my family.”
“I want a school that fits me best. Everyone obviously says that but it is definitely a big part of choosing a school,” he added. “I have been looking into Colorado since they offered. I like the school. They have a good Engineering school and I like the city. I think Boulder was ranked No. 1 out of college towns.”
Casado said he has been in periodic contact with Colorado co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, and his La Mirada teammate Chase Newman signed with the Buffaloes earlier this month.
“It surprised the heck out of me when they were ranked up in the top 10 last season. That was crazy,” Casado said of Colorado. “They had been kind of struggling but to see the success they had was great.
"I watched the Michigan game and saw them get a lead against them early before Colorado's quarterback got hurt. It surprised me. It is a good, up-and-coming team for sure, especially with all the signees they have coming in this year.”
Casado grew up cheering for Southern Cal, so any interest from the Trojans' staff going forward would be well-received by the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder.
Casado spent time at both right guard and left guard while helping La Mirada to 11 wins in 2016. He was named the Suburban League Offensive Lineman of the Year, and also earned first-team all-CIF and all-area honors.
“My performance was a lot better than my sophomore year because my football IQ improved to where I was able to make pre-snap reads and really knew how to prepare; that helps a lot,” he said.
Casado projects as an interior offensive lineman for the next level. He believes his mean streak is what college coaches will notice when they put on his film.
“When I get angry on the field, it is hard to stop me,” he said. “I think that can be a great thing to have as an offensive lineman, if you know how to channel it, especially when run blocking. It is a great feeling to pile drive someone into the turf.”
Casado's junior highlight reel: