Tech offers Leesville DB

And speed is what's gotten the Leesville (La.) defensive back his first Division I scholarship offer.

Cassetti Brown, a 6-foot, 180-pound safety, stopped by the Louisiana Tech football camp last week, just long enough to run the 40-yard dash and impress the Tech coaches enough to earn his first offer.

Terence Williams, Brown's high school coach at Leesville, said his star safety "hasn't talked to (Tech coach Derek) Dooley" but that he impressed Tech assistants enough that they "told him they are going to offer."

Brown said he is "waiting on (the offer) to come in the mail" and is excited that the Tech coaches believe enough in him to extend a scholarship offer.

"It's a big thrill," Brown said of receiving his first offer. "It's very exciting that somebody wants you to go to their school.âe

Brown originally made his mark in Leesville as a member of the Wampus Cats' track team as a sprinter, both in the 200 meters and as a member of Leesville's perennially strong relay squads.

At Tech, Brown was clocked in the 40 at 4.37 seconds, Williams said.

"He went to the camp and ran a fast 40," the coach said. "He did some DB drills. They like him."

To prove that his 4.37 clocking in Ruston was no fluke, Brown also made a stop at a camp at Tulsa and turned in a 4.38 performance.

Williams believes Brown's best football is ahead of him. Last season, Brown was a second team all-district member with 35 tackles and four interceptions, but he's worked on his technique and made great strides during the offseason.

Not only has he worked on his technique, but Williams said Brown has increased his top-end speed and flexibility. While Brown plays safety for Leesville, Williams believes he projects as a cornerback in college.

"He's a long, rangy corner with good hips who can run," Williams said.

Brown's stop in Ruston was just the first of three camps he would attend within the span of a week. Williams also took Brown to Tulsa and LSU.

Brown is just the latest Wampus Cat to receive attention from college coaches. Two of his teammates already have verbally committed to SEC schools. Running back Michael Ford is headed to LSU, while quarterback Travante Stallworth will play receiver at Auburn.

While he was excited to get his first offer, he wasn't ready to give a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs. He said his family wants him to take his time, though he did concede that Tech is at the top of his list.

"Right now, that looks like the best choice," Brown said.

Brown attended the Tech camp with his friend and Leesville cornerback Devin Moran, who hasn't received an offer from the Bulldogs yet. Brown did say he'd like to play with Moran.

"Playing with Devin would be awesome," Brown said. "We already have a good chemistry with each other. It would be really good."

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