Playoffs, visit to SMU on horizon for LaGasse

Collin LaGasse, SMU's first commit of the 2012 class, says after Lake Travis' first playoff game Thursday night, he'll take a trip with Garrett Gilbert and his family to Dallas for the SMU-Navy game. LaGasse, who was recruited by the Mustangs as a safety, also mentioned that he has been playing wide receiver most of the year for the Cavs and thinks he's better on offense.

Collin LaGasse was SMU's first commit of what's evolved into quite the talented 2012 class.

The three-star safety (well, now a wide receiver…more on that in a minute) made his decision back in March and has said his senior season at Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) has been such a relief knowing where he'll be playing next year.

"It's the kind of place I always wanted to go and I was waiting for [the offer] and once it came, I committed," LaGasse said. "I love the coaches and really like the way they've treated me so far. Plus the school's academics, campus…I like the way it feels. I think it's going to be a really good fit."

LaGasse was recruited to play safety at SMU, but this season at Lake Travis, he's mainly played wide receiver.

He's only played in five or six games this year because he hurt his shoulder on the first play of the first series of the team's first game, but he's back now, "happy and healthy."

LaGasse has scored eight touchdowns so far, three of which came last week against Cedar Park. Lake Travis starts playoffs tonight against McCallum. He says a fifth consecutive state championship is well within reach for the Cavaliers.

"We definitely have a good chance if we take care of our business," he said.

Lake Travis faced McCallum in the bidistrict round of the 2010 playoffs. The Knights got up on the Cavs 10-0, but Lake Travis won 28-20 in the last minute.

"We're definitely not taking them lightly," LaGasse said.

LaGasse said he hasn't talked to SMU about playing wide receiver, but that's something he plans to do after this season is over.

"I really like offense," he said when asked which position he likes better. "I like having the ball and I feel like that's what I'm best at."

LaGasse is also excited about Garrett Gilbert's recent decision to transfer to SMU. He's very good friends with Griffin, Garrett's younger brother and TCU commit, and is close to Garrett as well.

LaGasse will join the Gilbert family in the stands this weekend for the SMU-Navy game.

"I'm definitely excited [about Garrett's decision]," LaGasse said. "Garrett is a great player and I think he'll help SMU out a lot. It's really cool to know that I know someone going there now. He's the first person that I do know."

LaGasse also took in the UCF game earlier in the year, where he met SMU 2013 commit, quarterback Eddie Printz.

"We hung out a bit. He's a cool guy," LaGasse said.

Speed is something that LaGasse says he needs to work on the most this offseason. He knows he needs to get faster in order to compete at the next level.

He's excited to be apart of a talented recruiting class, one that he feels could help put SMU on the map.

"I would hope that this class puts it over the top and seals the deal for being back to a big program," LaGasse said. "I look forward to helping out any way I can."

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