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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: WMU’s loss is Purdue’s gain, as Clarkston’s Cason jumps to Boilermakers

By: Scott Burnstein, October 9, 2013, 10:00 pm

CLARKSTON – In the midst of playing the best football of his life, Clarkston senior cornerback Timmy Cason couldn’t pass up the chance to join the Big 10 Conference.

One of the stars of Clarkston’s 5-1 squad that is ranked No. 5 in the state in Division 1, Cason committed to Purdue University this week, de-committing from Western Michigan.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound ball-hawk in the secondary has been breaking out on the offensive side of the pigskin this fall, showing he can stretch the field as a big-play wide receiver.

Considered a three-star recruit by the majority of scouting services, Cason is a two-year starter for Clarkston at cornerback and helped lead the Wolves to an undefeated regular-season and league and district titles last season as a junior.

His lockdown skills as a corner have been on full-display this season and he’s literally cutting off half the field for opposing offenses with his rangy and instinctive presence.

Cason is the second Clarkston player to accept a scholarship from a Big 10 school, following in the footsteps of defensive lineman David Beedle, who committed to Michigan State over the summer.

Purdue is currently 1-4 under first-year head coach Darrel Hazell.

Western Michigan might have lost Cason, however it is still going to be getting his Clarkston teammate Nick Matich (defensive lineman), a Broncos-commit since July.

Some experts speculate that Cason’s pledge to Purdue isn’t as firm as it seems. They point to the fact that Cason first committed to Toledo last spring, before vacating his Rockets’ commitment for a Western Michigna offer. If either Michigan or Michigan State comes in and offers him prior to Signing Day in February, they predict, that he could de-commit and re-commit once again.

Using the offseason showcase camp and 7-on-7 circuit as a springboard, Cason picked up his Toledo offer before ever playing a snap on Clarkston’s varsity squad.