Recruiting heating up for Casey

<b>FLYING UNDER the radar. A sleeper. The diamond in the rough. One defensive end/linebacker out of Long Beach, Jurray Casey, fits that description and yet he doesn't. He's seeing plenty of recruiting love come his way, but has yet to receive his first offer. Oregon State is one school who is taking a long look at the cat quick all-CIF tackling machine.

Jurray Casey (6-2, 210) has a passion for chasing down the opponent, no matter where he may be on the field.

Last season, he did so to the tune of 130 tackles (89 solo) with 8 of them going for sacks. For his efforts, Casey was named first team all-CIF Division I at defensive end on the way to Long Beach Polytechnic's championship in 2004. It was Poly's 16th CIF Southern Section title, and fifth in the last eight years.

Playing defensive end/linebacker in the Jackrabbits scheme, Casey has a big time motor and covers a lot of ground. He has the instincts and skills to play either position at the next level.

"He is very, very fast," said Long Beach Polytechnic coach Raul Lara.

It's not a surprise Casey used that speed on special teams. It might be surprising that he also used it while carrying the ball. A blocking back on returns, Casey had a couple pigskins bounce his way last season. Two of those went for big runbacks, and Casey took one of them all the way into the end zone.

"They kicked it and I showed them speed, " Casey said, busy this offseason working out every day this offseason to improve upon his strength. He has a current bench of 315-pounds.

Besides the Beavers, he's hearing from virtually everyone in the Pac-10 as well as schools like Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Colorado and Notre Dame. Casey said he does not have a frontrunner nor any leaders at this time.

In selecting a college, education will be one of the more important criteria for Casey along with the coaching staff. Whether he plays linebacker or defensive end at the next level, he'd love to play for a coach who will challenge him.

"An aggressive coach, one who will push you," said Casey. "Hopefully one who would put me in a place where I can make plays."

Wherever he ends up, Casey has great instincts at both positions, says Lara, who has coached some good ones in his time at Poly.

Casey has not yet finalized his schedule this spring for camps, combines and junior days.


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