Dad's from Texas, Likes Oregon

Utah running back Houston Cassita (5-10, 197, 4.5) said he has a written offer from BYU, and also is looking at Tennessee, Oregon, California and Florida.

Houston Cassita Profile

"I got an offer from BYU about three weeks ago, " said Cassita, from Jordan High School in Draper, Utah. "They have been recruiting me the hardest. I really like the tradition there. It is a great school. I know the program because I live about three miles away from the school. I've talked with Coach (Jay) Omer and he tells me that they really want me to play for them."

Cassita, who belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, said that his Mormon faith will have no influence in his decision.

"I really like Tennessee a lot. I went to their junior day with my dad last month," Cassita said. "I like what they have to offer. I really connected with the coaches when I was there. They told me they were interested in seeing me play and would be coming to my school next season.

"I got to talk to the Oregon coaches at the Nike combine last year at Stanford," Cassita said. "I've followed the Ducks for a long time. My dad (Zach) thinks Oregon would be a great school for me too. I think I could see a lot of playing time there. I've been getting a lot of letters from them and I'm planning on going to their junior day sometime next month."

Cassita is also looking at Cal and Florida (never visited state). "I've been receiving a lot of letters from Florida wanting me to come to their junior day. My dad talked with them last year and they told them they were really interested in me and were going to come to Utah to see me play.

"Cal is a school I have followed for a long time too," said the four-star running back. "I really like the whole environment of the school. I haven't talked with them, but they've sent me letters. I'm planning on going to their junior day next month."

Cassita plans on taking his official visits but doesn't know where. "I want to go to a few camps and combines this summer, but I'm not sure where yet. I just want to take a look at a lot of different places and see where I get offers from before I narrow things down. I'm just going to take things slow right now. My dad is from Texas, so he's a big Texas fan, but my parents really don't care where I go, just as long as I'm happy.

"This year I plan to work out so I can build up my speed. You can always work on building strength and speed. I always am trying to get faster," Cassita said. "On the field, I think my strength is my good lateral movement."

According to his father, Zach Cassita, who is very involved, Clemson has also showed a lot of interest in his son.

Final junior (7-3) stats: 1019 yards rushing/ 19 TDs.

Bench: 305/Squat: 515/Power Clean: 315

Cassita reports a 2.6 core GPA/April first time SAT/June first time ACT.

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