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Get to know UK Football rookie Jared Casey

Get to know UK Football rookie Jared Casey

When Jared Casey flipped his commitment from the University of Oregon to the University of Kentucky, he instantly became one of the biggest names in the Cats’ incoming recruiting class. Plus, he’s from right here in the Bluegrass State (Louisville, no less) and has relatively-high national rankings, meaning he’s only continued to move up that list.

Casey was ranked as a four-star prospect by all of the major recruiting services, and Rivals lists him as the No. 15 outside linebacker in America. He finished his senior season at Ballard with 70 tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and one forced fumble in 11 games. There’s no rest for the weary – instead of enjoying his last semester of high school, Casey became one of nine players who enrolled at UK in the spring to start working out and practicing alongside his teammates.

Maybe you knew all of that already. Now, you can learn a little more about the incoming freshman, thanks to our friends in the UK Athletics media department.

In his intro video, Casey reveals who serves as his biggest influence (on and off the field), why he chose to enroll at UK a semester early and what made playing for Kentucky the best choice for him.

This is my favorite line from Casey:

“I think it’s a big opportunity to play in my home state, to play in the best league in America and come in early and contribute.”

Sounds like a heck of a plan. Get on board, BBN, because Jared Casey means business.


WATCH: Isaiah Gibson Explains Why He Chose Kentucky


Isaiah Gibson, one of nine early enrollees for Kentucky’s 2019 class, sat down with KYWildcatsTV to give the BBN a chance to get to know him a little bit better.

Gibson, a 6’4 300 pound prospect from Springfield, Ohio, chose Kentucky because of the relationship he has with Mark Stoops and the rest of the coaching staff.

Gibson, and fellow early enrollee Moses Douglass went to the same school, and have similar attitudes.

“Me and Moses, we came here from the same school, just trying to achieve the same dreams. But, us Ohio guys, we just love football and love to compete.”

BBN, give Isaiah a warm welcome to Lexington!


An Update on Randall Cobb’s Free Agency

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

As the first wave of NFL free agency has come & gone Randall Cobb is still without a job.

For a veteran receiver like Cobb, who played in just nine games last season, this should not be surprising or disappointing as the beginning of free agency is full of chaos with an urgency to sign the top players quickly.

Cobb, 28 years old, is in a position where the best strategy is to let the market work itself out, see what kind of deals other receivers get, and find the best possible landing spot for himself & his family.

Now that Adam Humphries signed with the Titans and Cole Beasley with the Bills, Cobb is the best slot receiver still available in free agency.

So what teams are in need of a slot receiver?

The most frequently mentioned option has been the New England Patriots , as they reportedly attempted to trade for Cobb during the 2018 season, but I am not so sure. On paper Cobb does fit the offense, but Belichick cherishes his compensatory picks, and signing Cobb would count against New England in the compensatory-pick formula.

Following a few recent transactions I believe the most likely landing spots for Cobb would consist of the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Each team could fill their need of a slot receiver through the draft but if they chose to do so through free agency Cobb is the best option. In terms of a contract, Cobb is hoping for a 2 year deal with around 7 million per year.

Currently, the former Kentucky star does not have any visits planned, and it could stay that way until after the draft. For Cobb there is no particular rush to get a deal done, ultimately the franchise he chooses is much more important than the timing is.