By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky could help restore some in-state luster to its in-state recruiting class this afternoon when four-star Louisville Ballard linebacker Jared Casey makes his college choice.
Coach Mark Stoops lost four-star all-purpose player Wandale Robinson of Western Hills Wednesday when he flipped his commitment from UK to Nebraska. Adding Casey — especially after getting a verbal commitment from Lousville Moore four-star defensive end J.J. Weaver last week — would be another defensive building block for Stoops.
Casey had 70 tackles in the 11 games he played, including 15.5 for loss. Ballard finished 8-5 with two losses to Trinity and one each to Manual, Male and Boyle County.
“I thought Jared had a great season and became a true team player for us,” Ballard coach Adrian Morton said. “I knew that he would be physically dominant going into the season due to his size and physicality but I also knew teams would try to use his motor to counter against him.
“He did a great job growing over the course of the season and recognizing schemes and redirecting to the football.”
Casey played sparingly as a sophomore at Trinity before transferring to Ballard for his junior season. However, he missed last season with an injury.
Casey originally committed to Oregon before de-committing. He’s expected to chose Kentucky over Louisville.
“I believe he has truly enjoyed the recruiting process,” Morton said. “I think he is ready to commit and begin the process of competing in college.”
Many think he can be an impact player because of his size, strength and explosiveness.
“Physically, I believe he is as ready as any recruit in the country (to play as a freshman),” Morton said. “I’m excited to see his motor when he has to compete with guys who are as physically strong and fast as he is daily.