Jared Casey liked Kentucky so much, he’s going back for more next weekend.
The rising four-star inside linebacker from Louisville Ballard talked to KSR about Friday’s unofficial visit, his first trip to Lexington, and revealed that he will return to shadow a current player during next weekend’s showcase camp. With dozens of elite players taking official and unofficial visits, next weekend is setting up to be UK’s biggest recruiting weekend of the summer.
During Friday’s tour of the football facilities, Casey got the opportunity to meet Mark Stoops. Casey had nice things to say about UK’s head coach, but even better things to say about the Big Dog, Vince Marrow.
“He’s an O.G. and tells you things straight up,” Casey told KSR. “We talked forever when he first came up (to Louisville). He’s the main reason I want to come to Kentucky.”
During one of their conversations, Marrow sold Casey on playing in the SEC and Kentucky’s history of producing NFL-caliber linebackers.
“The SEC, that’s grown man ball,” Casey said. “Coach Marrow was telling me how many players in the draft came out of the SEC. He also showed me all of the linebackers in the league from Kentucky. Kentucky’s always had good linebackers.”
There were a few eye-opening moments during Casey’s tour of UK’s new football facility. What stood out the most will surprise you — the hill. Kentucky built a hill at the back of the practice field, designed for plyometric training (a.k.a. ass-kicking) on the steps of the manmade slope. “I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he said.
Kentucky is not the only school recruiting Casey. He’s picked up a handful of offers since he burst onto the recruiting scene at the Rivals Three-Stripe Camp in Nashville. He could recall a few schools — Purdue, Oregon, Syracuse, Minnesota, Indiana, Notre Dame — but his list of potential suitors is currently too long to recall.
Casey did admit that he grew up cheering for UofL, but that isn’t knocking Kentucky out of contention. Right now the Cats are in a great spot. “I wouldn’t say they’re my favorite, but they’ll be on my short-list.”