2016 (Freshman): HERO Sports Hero of the Week Nominee (8/30) … ACC Offensive Player of the Week (10/4)
One of eight Hurricanes to play in all 19 matches, including one of two freshmen to do so … Ranked second on Miami among freshmen with 13 starting nods, including opening each of the final 12 contests … Concluded the year with two goals, four assists and eight points … Tied for fourth on the team in goals, tied for third in assists and tied for fourth in points … Notched 13 shot attempts, six of which were on goal … Tied for third on the team with a pair of game-winning goals … Tied a program record with three asissts in a half, becoming the first Hurricane to do so in the second half … Tied for the most assists in match by an ACC player with three … Recorded 1,255 minutes of playing time … On the field for 90-plus minutes three times, going the distance once … Played 80-plus minutes eight times and 60-plus 12 times, including in each of the final 11 matches of the year … Made her Hurricane debut at North Florida (8/19), logging four shots and one shot on goal … Posted her three-assist half against Jacksonville (8/28), doing so in a span of 30 minutes … Made the first start of her career versus Miami (OH) (9/2) and scored the match’s lone goal on a header in the 16th minute … Tallied one shot on goal against Florida Atlantic (9/4) … Notched one shot on goal at third-ranked Florida State (9/18) in the first ACC match of her career … Played 85 minutes in the victory over second-ranked Virginia (9/22) … Against Wake Forest (10/2) and notched both an assist and a goal in a match for the first time in her career, scoring the match-winning goal in the 58th minute … Posted one shot on goal while playing all 105 minutes, a new career best, at Pittsburgh (10/9) … Earned 93 minutes of playing time in the win over No. 25 Virginia Tech (10/23) … Played 92 minutes in the ACC Championship quarterfinals at No. 14 Clemson (10/30).
High School: Three-year starter at American Heritage (Plantation) School … Won the district title and 3A state title all three of her years at American Heritage … Team compiled a 72-2-3 (.935) overall record over the three seasons and was ranked in the top five by MaxPreps each time … Finished her three-year career with 51 goals and 41 assists … Named to the Sun Sentinel All-Broward County 3A-2A-1A Team and Miami Herald First Team All-Broward County 3A-1A all three years … Attended Somerset Central Academy as a freshman and did not play soccer, as the school did not have a team … Team captain and MVP as a senior … Logged 20 goals and 10 assists as a senior, leading team to a 22-1-0 record, including a perfect mark in conference play … Earned Florida Dairy Farmers 3A Player of the Year distinction after her senior campaign, plus both Florida-South All-Region Team and Florida State Star accolades … Team captain and Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, tallying 17 goals and 16 assists to help the team to a 21-1-2 mark … Scored the golden goal in overtime of the state championship as a junior … Recorded 14 goals and 15 assists as a sophomore en route to Newcomer of the Year honors, as the the team went 29-0-1 … Former Florida men’s basketball standout Kenny Boynton and Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals also attended American Heritage.
Club: Played with Lauderhill Lions for her U-17 year, West Pines United from U-14 to U-16 and Cooper City Cobras from U-11 to U-13.
Personal: Full name is Dejah Lanell Cason … First name is pronounced DAY-Zhuh … Nickname is Dej … Born Aug. 18, 1998 … Parents are Dwaymon and Latoya Cason … Father is a police officer and mother is a finance director … Has a younger sister, Taniyah, and a younger brother, CJ … Cousin, Krystal Saunders, played basketball at Miami … Major is undecided … Career goal is to be a forensic scientist or doctor … Favorite athlete is LeBron James because of his versatility … Best sports memories are winning state titles her final three years of high school … Chose Miami because it seemed like the best fit … Committed to Miami over USF.