Washington QB loves SMU

Though he hasn't been on campus yet, Kolney Cassel is very fond of SMU. Cassel can't attend the Mustangs' Junior Day due to an All-Star game conflict, but wants to come down and visit as soon as he can.

Kolney Cassel is very interested in SMU.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound 2013 quarterback prospect out of Eisenhower High School (Yakima, Wash.) received an offer from the Mustangs last week and wants to come down to Dallas and take a visit as soon as he can.

Cassel would like to come to SMU's Junior Day on March 24, but he was chosen to play quarterback for Washington's all-star team in the Badger 7-on-7 Tournament in Las Vegas the same weekend.

"I really want to come down and visit SMU and see how it is," he said. "One of the reasons I haven't committed yet is because I don't really know [what it's like].

"But I love SMU," he added. "At least what I know of it and what people tell me."

Cassel is also hearing from Utah, Washington and Washington State, but SMU is the only offer he has at this time. He also mentioned he'd like to hear from Oregon State and Hawaii.

He took in Washington State's Junior Day recently and enjoyed the visit and meeting Mike Leach, but he's not too fond of the location or climate there.

"It was pretty cool, but at the same time it was really small," Cassel said. "And it's close to home and cold and I don't really like cold. It's still a good place, though."

As of right now, Cassel doesn't have plans to take in any other junior days.

Cassel is being recruited by Dan Morrison and said he initially got hooked up with the Mustangs because a friend of his from Oregon knows June Jones well.

Playing time is one of Cassel's most important factors when choosing a school.

"One of the big things is how many quarterbacks the school takes in my class because if they take two or three, I probably want to go somewhere else where I have a better chance of playing," he said. "I love to compete, but want to go somewhere [where there's not as many quarterbacks]."

If Cassel commits to SMU, when he arrives on campus in the summer of 2013, SMU could likely still have Garrett Gilbert, Conner Preston, Stephen Kaiser and Neal Burcham on the team.

Another thing Cassel is looking for in a school is the weather. He's tired of the cold in the Northwest.

"It's really cold up here," he said, laughing. "But at the same time, I'll take whatever I can get."

Cassel admitted he doesn't know much about SMU—"All I know is pretty much the Death Penalty, it's in Dallas and it's private," he said—but he wants to find out more.

His high school runs a spread, so he knows he'd fit in with Jones' Run and Shoot, and he knows the Mustangs are headed to the Big East and said, "That's a plus."

Cassel, who says his strengths are his arm, intelligence and leadership, is playing a little basketball and baseball this offseason, but football is his main focus.

"I use the spring to stay in shape," he said. "Every morning I have ‘zero period' where we go before class with the [football] team and lift for an hour. And then after school I work out at a gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and every Tuesday and Thursday I throw with my receivers."

Cassel wants to major in communications but ultimately hopes to become a football coach (not in Washington though, it's too cold, he says).

"That's my life and what I love to do," he said.

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