STA Coach Casullo talks Linder, Moten

STA Coach Casullo talks Linder, Moten

Peter Ariz
I had the chance to speak with St. Thomas Aquinas Head Coach Rocco Casullo on a number of things including the team's focus level after winning the state title last season, the young talent at Aquinas, and some prospects on Miami's radar.

Q: How are you making sure the team's mindset is where it needs to be after winning the 7A state title last year?

Casullo: I think the seniors have done a great job in the offseason of continuing what the seniors from last year left off. The leadership has been outstanding, the workouts in February, March, and April were really aggressive and it’s good chemistry. I owe it to these seniors and our staff is very happy with what we see.

Q: What will the identity of the offense look like this season?

Casullo: It’s kind of whatever is working, run with it. Whatever the defense is presenting and what we can do is what we’ll do. We have a very good receiving core, a very good running back core with Madre (London) and Deltron Sands, Corey Holmes at receiver with some young guys stepping up. If the offensive line stays healthy, we’d like to run the ball more so we’ll just see what happens.

Q: Every year you guys are putting out top division-1 prospects. Who are some younger guys ready to take that next step for your team?

Casullo: I think you have to look at our junior class with Deltron Sands at running back, Davonte Peete at receiver, and then defensively we’re very young with Tyson Cisrow at safety, James Oliphant at corner. Those guys need to step up because they’re young. It’s their turn. They’ve had a great spring and a great first week of camp so they’re going to really going to have to mature.

Q: Talk about the growth you've seen from Nick Linder over the past couple of years.

Casullo: Nick has a lot of Brandon in him and what I mean by that is they are leaders not only on the field, but off the field. Nick is a very tough kid, as was Brandon. He’s probably the anchor of that offensive line and makes all the calls and he’s very intelligent. He’s got a motor and goes 100% on every play.

Q: It seems like every year you have a player or two going into their senior season who is being under recruited. Do you have anyone like that this season?

Casullo: It’s Ryan Crozier. I think this kid is mean. He’s 6’4”, 280 and he’s getting minimal interest, but I think that teams need to pull the trigger on him ASAP because he’s a kid with a ton of potential and he will be very good at the next level.

Q: What kind of season are you expecting from Anthony Moten? It's his defensive line with Joey Bosa gone.

Casullo: I look at Anthony and he’s gotta be that (Joey) Bosa from last year, where the defense will follow his lead and he knows that. He’s gotta mature and be a leader and that’s what we’re expecting him to do.

Q: Anthony told me he was trying to put recruiting on the back burner to focus on the season. Is that something you like to see?

Casullo: I would like all these guys to commit before the season and most of them have done that. The only two that haven’t are Anthony and Madre, but I’ve been in touch with Anthony’s parents and he likes what’s going on there with Coach Golden. He’s starting to understand that he has a chance to play there immediately and we’ll see what happens. I would like for him to make a decision as soon as possible, but if he doesn’t, he doesn’t.
 

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but I’ve been in touch with Anthony’s parents and he likes what’s going on there with Coach Golden. He’s starting to understand that he has a chance to play there immediately and we’ll see what happens.
 
Sounds a little like a silent?

 
Like i said coach Casullo will steer Moten to UM.. He's tight with Coach Golden. I think Moten will commit in the next 2 weeks.
 
Arent the Moten family big Canes fans, too?
 
Kind of interesting how he "pushes" kids to commit before their senior year. Obviously, to have them focused on STA but still.
 
D
Crozier is a kid I wouldn't mind seeing in this class if the staff is taking another OL.

His HLs are comparable if not better than Linder's IMO.

As for Moten, 3 or 4 DTs are gone after this season. There's PT available if he wants it.
 
Pete, what's the word on Deltron Sands besides having an EA Sports created player name? He was named a few times in the interview. Is he legit? Class, height, weight, position, skill set, dental records, blood type, etc. please.
 
Good news on the Moten front, kid would bolster an already sick haul at DL.
 
Ill take a Valentine, Thomas, Moten, Jackson haul before the season starts any day
 
Ryan Crozier is a player i was always interested to see if the staff takes at guard, Harry Dumervil from northeast is another one
 
Ill take a Valentine, Thomas, Moten, Jackson haul before the season starts any day
Don't forget 4 star DE/OLB Trent Harris and 4 star juco beast Dalvon Stuckey kid wants to get to the next level and he is coming in hungry...
 
Add Moten and another JUCO and that's a great DT class.
 
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I saw Deltron play JV ball as a freshman and he was the best freshman RB I've ever seen. The kid runs hard, has great vision, great lateral movement, great vision and very good speed. He hasn't received a ton of attention because he played behind Fred Coppet last season and will play behind Madre London this season. Whoever signs Deltron will get a steal.

As far as Crozier is concerned, he did very well at every camp he attended this summer and is flat our nasty. His lack of serious interest is shocking.

My sons attended the STA camp two weeks ago and I saw two STA freshmen receivers (I didn't get their names), but they are awesome. One kid looked like he could be all state this year and the other kid wasn't far behind.
 
Pete, what's the word on Deltron Sands besides having an EA Sports created player name? He was named a few times in the interview. Is he legit? Class, height, weight, position, skill set, dental records, blood type, etc. please.
^^^ Michael Irvin's nephew. Dad and brother played rb @ Kansas. Dad currently trains our verbal commit Brandon Powell. He is one of the best speed trainers in s.fla.
 
I would offer Ryan Crozier because of his skill and potential-and to win favor with a HC that can help a lot with others.
 
Pete, what's the word on Deltron Sands besides having an EA Sports created player name? He was named a few times in the interview. Is he legit? Class, height, weight, position, skill set, dental records, blood type, etc. please.
^^^ Michael Irvin's nephew. Dad and brother played rb @ Kansas. Dad currently trains our verbal commit Brandon Powell. He is one of the best speed trainers in s.fla.
His dad Tony was an absolute stud running back at STA, and then at KS. If he had just been a little taller, he would have likely had a great NFL career.
 
Going back in time with Tony Sands LOL. Deltron is a stud, and should see a ton of carries this season as he shares time. Compact runner, very strong lower half. Speed will continue to get better, and he won't have the workload of other big time back i.e. Walton Scarlett. Not saying don't take those guys, but STA backs are usually rather fresh when they graduate.
 
STA is the Prime 112 as far as recruits go in the state of FLA. What I mean by that is that if this kid Ryan Crozier is not getting highly recruited, believe me there is a legit reason. 6'3 280 lineman who can walk and chew gum AND have mean streaks usually get HIGH interest. Nobody out of STA goes over-looked. If anything, many of there guys that would be otherwise considered average at any other HS get too much hype. (Jermaine Johnson, Anthony Walsgoler sp?, Jomo Fagan, Joe Bruce, etc.)
 

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