When Donovan Warren committed to Michigan last winter, it signified the arrival of the Maize & Blue as a recruiting presence at Long Beach (CA) Poly. His success has further validated the program’s status as a viable option in the eyes of many tradition-rich school’s talented recruits, including DT Jurrell Casey.
“I got interested (in Michigan) through Donovan, and then Michigan started looking at me a little more,” Casey said. “We still talk every now and then, but we don’t talk as much as we used to. He tells me how he is doing, how he likes it out there, how everything is cool, how the coaches are cool and stuff like that. They are one of my top schools right now.”
Michigan hasn’t been the only school to notice Casey’s strong play this year. The youngster has gotten positive vibes from a number of other programs as well, including in-state power USC.
“I have offers from SC, Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona, and Ole Miss,” Casey reported. “Before the season schools were showing a little interest, but they really started getting more interested after they saw me play a little bit more.”
“I’m pretty good,” Casey continued, describing his game. “I weigh 283, I’m 6-1, and in the forty I run a 4.7. From what I was told, I move kind of quick off the ball. Plus my technique is real smooth.”
While extremely happy about the amount of recruiting attention that is now coming his way, Casey is in no hurry to pull the trigger on a commitment.
“I’m still taking visits right now so I’m not making any decisions on where I want to go yet,” he explained. “I already took one to Ole Miss, I’m taking one this week to Oregon, and I’m supposed to go on one to Michigan. I don’t know when yet. The things I’m looking at are schooling, how the coaches are, and playing time. Not start, but at least get some kind of reps. USC is still up there (at #1). My top three would be Oregon, USC, and Michigan.”
Another factor that will be closely monitored is the opportunity to be a package deal with teammate Vaughn Telemaque, whom Casey says has improved a great deal.
“He’s nice,” said Casey. “He improved a whole lot. He (performed) way better (this year) than he did in the past. He has stepped his game up real big. He is the real deal like he says he is. He ain’t lying (laughing).
On a scale of one to ten, how likely is it that the two friends will attend the same school.
“I’d say about a seven or eight,” Casey said.
One thing Casey insists won’t weigh into his decision-making criteria is distance.
“It’s not going to be a factor because my mom is going to be able
to travel wherever she wants,” he said. “She’ll be able to