If you heard the following sentence five years ago, you probably would have laughed: Kentucky football has successfully flipped a four-star linebacker from Oregon.
Two months after he initially committed to the Oregon Ducks, Louisville Ballard’s Jared Casey announced he will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
— Jar?d Çasey? (@jared_casey01) December 6, 2018
Ranked as high as the No. 15 outside linebacker in America by Rivals, Casey went from unranked recruit to four-star prospect in one weekend this spring. Sidelined with a shoulder injury throughout his junior season, he used the Rivals Nashville camp as a platform to launch his recruitment into the stratosphere.
Oregon, Wisconsin, Louisville and many others quickly rushed to offer Casey, but none had a greater impact than the Big Dog, Vince Marrow. Casey wavered on his pledge to Oregon last week, just a day after Marrow conducted an in-home visit. Marrow returned to Louisville Tuesday night to seal the deal.
A versatile athlete, Casey began his career as an inside linebacker, but was bounced outside this season to unleash his pass-rushing capabilities. Casey is equipped with a nice dip and has a habit of making pulling guards look silly.
Casey is the 20th commitment in Kentucky’s 2019 class, which now ranks No. 30 overall. A day after UK lost a four-star commitment, the addition of another homegrown four-star recruit is the best remedy for the Big Blue Nation.