Cassell Checking His Options

Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker Rahim Cassell is hoping to land an offer from UCLA to give him more options after almost ending his recruitment earlier this summer...

Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker Rahim Cassell (6-1, 215), is back to square one in his recruitment after nearly ending it during the summer.

"Basically, I'm going with my first plan to wait until the season, take my officials, and get a feel for other schools besides Florida," said Cassell.

Cassell said the Gators are still an option for him, but he's also looking at a host of other schools that have offered him.

"Florida is still an option and of course they are still under consideration," said Cassell. "Oregon was number two on my list so I'm looking at them pretty hard, but I don't have an order. From the ones who've offered me, it's Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado, Cal, Nebraska and Washington. I haven't gotten an offer from UCLA yet but I did talk to Coach (Clark) Lea and would love to have them as an option."

For the most part, Cassell said that the schools he's interested in have offered him, but UCLA is one of the few who hasn't offered that he's considering.

"Me and (UCLA commit and Lakewood teammate) Torian White have been working with our trainers, getting ready for the season, and we haven't really talked about it, but it would be great to play with him," said Cassell.

Cassell said he's got his first visit set up and knows where he'll take his second visit.

"I set one up for Oregon for October 2nd and then I'll visit Arizona State too, just not sure when," said Cassell. "Rashad (Wadood) and Kevin (Anderson) are both working on me hard for Arizona State."

Cassell said he anticipates all five visits being taken.

"Most likely I'll take all five visits so I can get a feel for which school I want to commit to," said Cassell. "If I go to a school and love it there, I could commit, but I want to try and take all of them. I'll probably decide during the season."

In the meantime, Cassell said he's trying to get his mind focused on the season for the Lancers, who are trying to win the Moore League in consecutive years. With all the camps he's been to, he's played with Moore League rival Corey Waller from Long Beach Poly, and the Jackrabbits are hoping to recapture the title that was there for the better part of two decades.

"When we're winning, each team is going to bring it so we're going to show everyone what we're made about," said Cassell. "Me and Corey are friends off the field and we played together this summer, but we get some words in about who's winning the Moore League this year. I'm just looking forward to hitting, getting the feel back and winning the league again."

Academically, Cassell has a 3.1 and took the SAT earlier this spring.

As a 2009 junior, Cassell had 69 tackles and six sacks.


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