Colin Lagasse: The next Cole Beasley?

While on his official visit this past weekend, Colin Lagasse (Lake Travis) said that June Jones told him he could be the Mustangs next Cole Beasley, as the two are similar in size, speed and athleticism. Lagasse is and FOXSportsNext's Gatorade Performer of the Week.

Though he's been a solid commitment to the Mustangs since last March, wide receiver Colin Lagasse just took his official visit to SMU this past weekend.

"It was awesome," Lagasse said. "I had a great time."

Lagasse, who mentioned that all the recruits got along during the visit, said he had great meetings with June Jones and Jason Phillips, his soon-to-be position coach.

"Coach Phillips seems really cool and I'm looking forward to playing for him," he said.

During his meeting with Jones, Lagasse received quite the compliment.

"Coach Jones said he's looking forward to having me at slot receiver and thinks of me as the next Cole Beasley," he said.

Beasley has been one of the Mustangs' main targets throughout his SMU career, not to mention he finished fourth in Conference USA last season in total yards (1,040) and receptions (86) and third in average yards per game (86.7).

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Lagasse is bigger than Beasley, who stands at 5-9, 177. He's also a versatile player who can give his team solid minutes as a quarterback, running back, safety and on special teams.

Just like many other players are told, Lagasse said that Jones talked to him about getting in and competing for playing time early.

"He said it depends how fast I can pick up the offense and get comfortable with everything," Lagasse said. "I'm hoping to compete right away."

Depending on how fast Garrett Gilbert, who appears to be the clear frontrunner at quarterback for 2012, picks up the offense, Lagasse may be able to see the field quick because the two are longtime friends and already have some chemistry together. (Both went to Lake Travis and Lagasse and Gilbert's younger brother Griffin, who's going to TCU, are best friends.)

With National Signing Day now just hours away, Lagasse is ready to send in his letter.

"I'm very excited," he said. "I've been waiting for a while."

Lagasse is and FOXSportsNext's final Gatorade Performer of the Week.

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