Lake Brantley safety/linebacker Colton Caslow (14) has committed to Lehigh University. (ORLANDO SENTINEL PHOTO / December 25, 2012)
Lake Brantley ATH Colton Caslow, who was a big key this past season in the Patriots swarming defensive scheme, has committed to play at Lehigh Unjiversity in Bethlehem, Pa.
Caslow, ranked No. 59 in the Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60, is the fifth Orlando player to commit to Lehigh in the past three years, joining WR Derek Knott of Colonial, WR Hayden Jones of Lake Highland Prep and Timber Creek LB Mat Verdon last year, and former Lake Brantley teammate Tim Newton from 2011. Newton’s brother Colin, a 2012 senior, also played at Lehigh.
“It’s a great place and I am really excited about it,” Caslow said. “The athletics are great and the academics are great ... it’s just well rounded school.”
Caslow will play a similar position to what he did at Lake Brantley in a hybrid outside linebacker/safety type of role, which is called the “Willie” linebacker at Lehigh. He is the second 2013 commit from the Brantley defense, joining linebacker Dominic Zanca-McDonald, who is headed to Duke.
“I couldn’t be more happy,” said Caslow, who showed his ability to come up and fight off blockers to stop the run this season. “I felt like my run coverage on the outside was very key to our defense being so successful.”
Lehigh, a yearly contender in the Patriot League, was 10-1 this past season with its only loss coming to Colgate in the league play. Lehigh, surprisingly, failed to gain an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs. The Mountain Hawks did make the playoffs in each of the two previous seasons, winning first-round games both years. Lehigh is 35-13 over the past four seasons.
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