This week, SMU commit Colin Lagasse (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) was supposed to be answering questions about his four-time defending high school football state champions gunning for another title.
Instead, the high two-star athlete answered questions Wednesday about his future school heading to a new conference and the departure – and then non-departure – of the head coach who recruited him.
The Big East on Wednesday morning announced the addition of five schools, SMU included, beginning in 2013. Later in day, SMU coach June Jones was reported to have accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State. However, that report was squelched when a new report said Jones would not be the new coach after the deal fell through.
With all that happening, Lagasse had one message.
“I’m committed to SMU,” he said, “and I’m going to play for SMU.”
Lagasse, who committed to SMU in March, said his verbal to the Mustangs, with everything that has happened or will happen, is still solid. A 5-foot-10, 185-pound safety for Lake Travis, Lagasse was recruited by the Mustangs as an athlete. Prior to his commitment, he received interest from Texas A&M, Baylor, Tulsa and Texas Tech, among other schools. He also had an offer from Rice.
With 4.5 speed and a 31-inch vertical, Lagasse can see time on both sides of ball, either as a safety or cornerback on defense or a receiver on offense. He also could see time as a kick returner or punt returner on special teams.
Lagasse said he’s unsure as to what will happen with Jones, but he is looking forward to playing in a BCS conference that has the potential of success such as the Big East.
“I’m really excited,” he said, “and I think it’s a great move for the program.”
Lagasse is a part of a Lake Travis team currently competing for its fifth consecutive Texas Class 4A state championship. Lagasse has been a part of the last two state titles. Lake Travis (14-0) will play Dawson (Pearland, Texas) in a 4A Division I state semifinal Friday in San Antonio.