Calvin Cass made his college decision and left his family with a dilemma today.
Who will they root for when Army plays Navy?
Cass, a St. Augustine Prep senior running back, verbally committed to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Cass’ father, also named Calvin, graduated from Army in 1990. The elder Cass played running back at West Point.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Cass carried 257 times for 2,001 yards. He scored 37 touchdowns. St. Augustine finished 8-2 and won the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference.
Cass was one of the region’s most durable backs. He carried 53 times for 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Hermits beat Cedar Creek 41-40 in overtime on Thanksgiving to clinch the conference.
St. Augustine coach Mark Reardon said Cass has the perfect temperament and personality for a military academy.
“It’s how the kid is wired,” Reardon said. “He’s a very motivated, tough, hard-nosed type of kid who wants to be great in everything he does. That’s the prescription for the military academies.
Cass’ story is an unusual one. He played wide receiver for most of his first three seasons at St. Augustine. He shifted to running back toward the end of his junior season and was an immediate success. Cass rushed for a CAL record 336 yards in his first start – a 34-13 win over Paul VI on Nov. 11, 2011.
“He’s a talented kid. He’s a tough kid, and he’s a hard worker,” Reardon said. “When you have those three components eventually you rise to the top. That’s what you’re seeing.”