2018 Westlake (Tex) defensive end Braden Cassity visited SMU for junior day a couple of weekends ago, and was impressed by what he saw.
"I got to sit in meetings the whole time but I love the way the coaches coach and the attitude of the program," Cassity said.
The 6-3, 220 pounder also enjoyed seeing practice on his visit.
"I love the attitude of practice," Cassity said. "The whole mindset of let's get our work done but also have fun. They really focused in on that."
Cassity has known coach Keith Gunn for a long time, and has a relationship with him. He also enjoyed being around Chad Morris for practice.
"Coach Morris really impressed me," Cassity said. "And the whole atmosphere impressed me. I love their work ethic."
Cassity considers academics one of the most important characteristics of a school. He plans on majoring in business or sports nutrition.
He has no issue with some self-deprecating humor. He was at The Opening last Sunday, and when asked what he was out to prove, he responded with humor.
"I'm out to prove that 40 time does not mean everything. I'm just being as competitive as I can be," Cassity said.
Cassity is getting strong interest from some of the Ivy League schools. He has also heard from Louisville and Baylor recently, as well as SMU.
The staff wants Cassity to return to return to SMU, and he is happy to come back.
"I talked to the d-line coach (Buddy Wyatt), and he told me that they're in the process of getting me out here again and hopefully moving on from there," Cassity said. "I'll come back whenever they invite me, honeslty. It's not a very far drive from Austin, where I live."