When Kasey Correa moved from Pennsylvania to Carmel last fall, the Rams football team gained a quiet kid.
No one knew much about him.
But a whole lot of people know now.
Start with the White Plains, Ketcham and Ramapo football teams. This season, the running back ran for a combined six touchdowns and 417 yards against them.
Correa had to wait until about mid-season last year to play because of eligibility rules after his transfer. But now the senior has caught the eye of college football programs. He’d love to play for a Division I school. But the kid who coach Todd Cayea says shuns the spotlight, is not waging any me-first PR campaign.
“I’ve got to give my props to my “O” line. I would do nothing without them,” Correa said of his offensive line mates.
Correa also points to fullback John Morris’s ability to create holes for him. In fact, his favorite play is following Morris.
Carmel spreads the ball around, with multiple players getting carries (David Vega had 148 yards vs. White Plains, for instance) and QB Joe Rodriguez has tossed five touchdown passes.
“(Correa’s) surrounded by a lot of other players who are making a lot of plays. They (other teams) can’t just focus on one kid,” Cayea said.
That doesn’t mean Cayea, whose squad is 3-0 after two straight losing seasons, undervalues his 5-foot-11, 180-pound back.
“He’s got breakaway speed and also can be a power runner. That’s a very difficult combination to find,” Cayea said.
Correa, who subs in on defense at free safety and whose dad, Eric, was a high school lineman in the Bronx, worked out all summer and Cayea said he’s one of Carmel’s strongest kids.
His speed is such that Cayea said some of Correa’s runs of 30 and 60 yards occurred with him simply exploding in the secondary.
“He sees cuts, understands our blocking schemes and understands where his cuts should be,” Cayea added.
Part of that is instinct, part being comfortable with his team. And after a year in Carmel, Correa seems fully comfortable and at home.
“We feel like a family more (this season),” he said. “Everyone is like connected. We feel like brothers. I feel like they’ve got my back and I’ve got theirs. When I came in I was kind of shy. We grew together.”