Today we will visit with Casey Rosellini. Casey was a three year starter at QB at Cypress Falls recently and was one of the first high school commits to an LSC school.
LSC Scoop - What a season Cy Falls had, finishing the season with a heartbreaking 28-21 loss to eventual state champion Galena Park North Shore, a game in which you actually led 21-7 in the first half. What kind of memories will you take from last season?
Casey - The fact that we were even in that position to begin with after having some pretty unsuccessful seasons in the previous years speaks volumes to what hard work and dedication can do with a football team. I won't remember each individual game but what I will forever remember & cherish were those long days in the weight room and on the track, 7 on 7 tournaments in the heat of June, the early morning practices during two a days, and the locker room full of guys I spent 4 years with.
That was as tough as any team played North Shore in the playoffs, including the state championship game. Any thoughts on "That could have us"?
We definitely felt that we should've been the state champion, but we also accepted that it just wasn't meant to be, and that the ride we went on was unforgettable in itself.
Were you rooting for them against Converse Judson and Austin Westlake?
I was rooting for them, because they were from Houston and it shows how much talent we have in our city. We believe our city has the best football in the country.
You switched to a run-heavy offense last year. The team improved from 6-14 the prior to years to 10-3 last year, but your passing numbers went down as a result. Did you have any reservations about the switch? or could you tell it would bring the team more success?
At first, I think the entire team was skeptical. We didn't know what to expect. But as time went on and the results were showing on the field, we all bought in. I, personally, did not care about stats much because I had already thrown for a lot of yards and touchdowns in my career to that point, and I was just focused on getting our team and program back to where it needed to be.
Do you think it had any effect on colleges that might be evaluating you?
I'm sure it played a role in recruiting, because of course most schools run the spread and the coaches want guys who are throwing the ball constantly and that have familiarity with/fit their system. But I believe it all worked out like God intended it to. I ended up at a great university with some of the best coaches and richest traditions in the country.
The flip side of student-athlete is academics. Congratulations on being named Academic All State. What will your major be in college? What is your dream career outside of sports.
Thank you, it was a huge honor. My mom is in charge of academics in my house, so I give all the credit to her for keeping me focused. I intend to major in Kinesiology and I want to be a football coach at the college level. I pride myself on having a very high football IQ and I love to recruit, so I feel like I'll fit right in.
Recruiting can be hectic and nerve-wracking - have you enjoyed the recruiting process? What schools have you been talking to?
Recruiting was definitely stressful. Schools constantly would show interest and then the next week, you'd never hear from them. It really can get to you if you let it, so the key is to stay confident in your abilities, keep your head up, and be patient. I was actively recruited by Davidson, ACU, and UNT.
You were an early (for the LSC) commit to Texas A&M Kingsville. Why are they a good fit for you, and what do you expect to bring to the table for them?
I chose Kingsville because I really liked the coaching staff and I saw what they had planned for the future and I wanted to be a part of it. I want to win championships and get a great education on top of that, and I couldn't think of a better school to do that. I believe that I will bring leadership and toughness to our team. My job will be to lead our team every game and to always be ready to play.
At this point, it appears that the Javelinas have really been hitting the Houston area hard. Do you know any of the other guys that have been recruited by TAMUK? Will it be weird at first to have teammates that were rivals just a couple of months ago, or will that shared competition bond you together?
Actually, all of our commits and most of our recruits talk to each other every day. We have a common goal of winning championships and the fact that we all have played against each other helps because we all have mutual respect for each other's abilities. Our recruits from Houston take pride in playing in such a great football city and great programs, and we want to bring that winning attitude and pedigree to TAMUK to win that 8th National Championship.
Who were your biggest influences both on and off the field. What role has your family had in your development, and what is there impression of Texas A&M Kingsville and the coaching staff?
I am an only child, so all of my parents attention was focused on raising me to be the best person I could be. My mom was in charge of my academics and my dad was in charge of athletics. I had to put in a lot of time and hard work to perfect my craft and keep my grades up. They are the reason I am where I am today.
Coach Thornton (WR's) was actually a coach at Cy Falls for a year before going to TAMUK, so I had a good relationship with him prior to being recruited by the school. And once I talked to Coach Wilkinson on the phone and at my home visit in December, I knew I had to take a visit as soon as possible. I toured the campus and facilities, met the coaching staff, fell in love with the school and knew I was going to be a Javelina. It's such a blessing to have the opportunity to play football and get a great education at a school like this as well as becoming a part of the Javelina Nation. I can't wait to get started.
Thank you Casey. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
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