January 22, 2022
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Diamond In The Rough: Oscar Casco

Oscar Casco is a class of 2021 running back for the Kenner Discovery Swamp Owls in Kenner, Louisiana. The 5’8 190 pound athlete is a dynamic runner that packs a thunderous punch out of the backfield. Casco has the ability to run around a defender or through them. His leadership in the classroom has set the tone on the field as well. Oscar is currently carry a 3.0 GPA. According to his head coach he is “pound for pound one of the strongest kids in our weight room right now.” With a 330 pound squat and a 215 pound bench press the junior will be exciting to watch his senior season.

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football around when I was like seven or eight years old. But, I’ve been watching football all my life. Since I was a little kid my mom would having me watching football. The Saints, basically the NFL, she would have me watch the NFL, she would also have me watch LSU too.

What do you love about football?

I just love the sport, I love the fight, and I love the competition. I love everything about it. There is nothing I really hate about it.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Oh yeah! I played baseball, I played soccer, and I played basketball when I was younger. I played soccer last year and decided to play just football this year. I started playing football first, football was the sport I ever played, and it was basically my first love. Soccer, basketball, and baseball kind of came the year after I started playing football. For basketball I was playing center, and baseball I was playing catcher.

What style of play best describes you?

I’m versatile, I can play however the coach needs to play. I can be aggressive, I can be the person to punch through the line, I can be the guy to bring it out. I am very versatile. If we are one yard out from a touchdown I can do that, if I’m needed to bounce it outside, I can do that. If I’m needed to go out for a pass, I can do that too.

This previous season, what were your goals?

Our goals were like for any other team, win the championship. But, since this was our first real season, we just wanted to get to the playoffs. I think at one point we were top eight, in the whole 3A division. That was our goal, to make the playoffs, we fell short. This upcoming season our goal is to make the championship.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My mother, one she came to every single one of my games. She pushed me to play, she asked me to play, and I was like why not. She kind of helped me along with the game, how to play it, and ever since then I loved it. Odell Beckham Jr. he has been one of my favorite players since LSU to New York, to now. He shows me I need to work hard, to strive, to not give up.

Do you think attitude is a factor in wining?

You have to be aggressive in the sport, if you’re not aggressive, it’s not going to end well. It’s an aggressive sport. You have to be aggressive.

What motivates you the most?

To be honest my mom, all my life she has worked multiple jobs for me to help my family. I just want her to be in a good life style. I just want the best for her.

On a scale of 1-10 on game day what would be your ideal performance number?

I would always strive for 10, at least try to be the best I can. That’s kind of what I went out for that day.

At the end of this coming year, what would you want your coaches or teammates to say about you?

That I never gave up, that I keep fighting, I keep pushing. That I always help them better, get strong get faster. To pick their heads up, I always pick their heads up, I always pick their heads up.

If you weren’t playing football what sport do you think you would be playing?

I don’t think I would be playing a sport. Football is my life. Football has been there since I could remember it. It has been there since I was five or six years old.

Oscar was scheduled to take the ACT recently but due to the recent coronavirus pandemic that has been rescheduled to a later date.