Ballard High School (Louisville, Ky.) linebacker Jared Casey made his college choice on Thursday — and he’s headed to the Northwest.
In a message posted on Twitter, the four-star recruit and the state’s No. 6 prospect in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports.com, announced his commitment to Oregon. He picked the Ducks over Louisville, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
“I felt so much love and it felt like home when I went down there,” Casey told the Courier Journal in a text message. “Oregon has always been my dream school since I was little. I have a big opportunity to play early with there (sic) starters leaving next year. I just couldn’t see myself playing for anyone else next year.”
With Casey’s commitment, five of the state’s eight four-star prospects, according to 247sports.com, are committed to out-of-state schools. The other three are undecided.
Asked if there was any particular reason he was leaving Kentucky, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Casey called his commitment to Oregon a “business decision.”
“[I] grew up a Louisville fan. Will always be a Louisville fan. I loved Kentucky every time I went up there,” Casey said. “This is a business decision for me.”
Oregon employs Cort Dennison as outside linebackers coach and Stephen Field as director of recruiting. Dennison and Field both left Louisville for Oregon after last season and were two of the Cardinals’ top recruiting staffers.
Casey spent his first two years of high school at Trinity before transferring to Ballard. He missed his junior season while recovering from a shoulder injury.
Ballard Coach Adrian Morton told the Courier Journal earlier this week that if not for the injury, “he’d be a bigger recruit than he already is.”
“And we’re proud of him. We’re very happy for him as a team, as a school,” Morton said.
Casey told the Courier Journal that he notified the school earlier this week. He said he sees himself fitting in best as an edge rusher in college. He plans to enroll early in January.