By LARRY VAUGHT
Louisville Ballard linebacker Jared Casey continued an alarming trend for University of Kentucky football recruiting Thursday when he made his verbal commitment to Oregon.
Five of the state’s six top-rated players have now verbally committed to out of state schools and none have committed to UK.
Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron, the state’s top ranked player, has committed to Stanford. Number two Jacob Lacey, a defensive tackle from South Warren, plans to go to Notre Dame. Fourth-rated Bryan Hudson, an offensive lineman at Scott County, plans to attend Virginia Tech and No. 5 Tanner Bowles, an offensive lineman at Glasgow, will go to Alabama. Casey is listed at No. 6 and now is headed to Oregon.
Kentucky does have a commitment from No. 10 Demontae Crumes, a receiver from Louisville Butler.
Kentucky also remains in the mix for No. 3 Milton Wright, a Louisville Christian receiver; No. 7 J.J. Weaver, a Louisville Doss defensive end; No. 8 Wandale Robinson, a Western Hills all-purpose player; and No. 9 Shawnkel Knight-Goff, a Louisville Doss defensive end.
The 6-3, 220-pound Casey played two years at Trinity but played sparingly. He transferred to Ballard but missed his junior year with a shoulder injury. His recruitment took off with his summer camp performance and Oregon was one of the school’s that recruited him the hardest.
He told me earlier this season he grew up a Louisville fan because of family ties but also liked everything Kentucky had done recruiting him.
Oregon linebackers coach Cort Dennison and recruiting director Stephen Field both left Louisville after last season and had developed relationship with Casey and his family.