UK Recruiting

Homegrown star picks Oregon. UK still in mix for several Kentucky standouts.

Ballard linebacker Jared Casey committed on Thursday.
Ballard linebacker Jared Casey committed on Thursday. Ballard Athletics

Jared Casey, one of the top remaining undecided seniors in Kentucky, announced his football commitment to the University of Oregon on Thursday.

Casey, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker who’s considered a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports, chose the Ducks from a final four that consisted of them, UK, Wisconsin and Louisville. He’s been involved in 54 tackles — 13 for a loss and two sacks — and has forced a fumble for the Bruins (4-3) this season.

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“I thank everyone involved in my recruiting process, especially the Ville and Kentucky!,” Casey wrote in a tweet announcing his choice. “I give my sincere gratefulness for all you have done to allow me and my family an opportunity to experience your program and college.”

Casey’s recruitment picked up this summer following his junior year, the entirety of which he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

“He’s a phenomenal pass rusher, an edge rusher, and I think that’s what they’re gonna get out of him,” Ballard Coach Adrian Morton told the Herald-Leader. “The kid’s got a high motor.”

Morton believes the injury, in retrospect, was a positive for Casey.

“One thing I told guys when they came in here to recruit him was him losing that season and being injured humbled him in the sense of learning to understand that football’s a game,” Morton said. “Things out of control can take it from you, like getting injured. That kind of made him mature a little bit more.”

Several highly touted in-state recruits in the class of 2019 remain uncommitted, including electrifying running back Wandale Robinson. The Western Hills senior announced last week that he will make his decision known on Nov. 1. Robinson, whose final six consists of Alabama, UK, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan and Purdue, will reveal his school via a video produced by the Herald-Leader.

Milton Wright, a senior wide receiver at Christian Academy of Louisville, is the state’s top-rated uncommitted recruit; Rivals has him as its No. 2 prospect in the state and 247Sports ranks him third. Wright’s final five schools are UK, Louisville, Alabama, Ohio State and Purdue.

UK right now is 247Sports’ favorite to land JJ Weaver, a defensive end at Moore High School in Louisville. The site’s “Crystal Ball” predictions have UK at 80 percent for the 6-6, 240-pound senior. Weaver, a south Florida native who’s lived in Louisville for a few years, also holds offers from Miami (Fla.), Louisville, Purdue and Cincinnati.

Shawnkel Knight-Goff, a 6-4 defensive end out of Doss High School in Louisville, committed to the Wildcats once before but decommitted in May. He remains a target of Vince Marrow, who’s taken over UK’s in-state recruiting effort following a class of 2018 signing class that featured no in-state talent.

Demontae Crumes, a Butler wide receiver, and Eli Cox, a lineman out of West Jessamine, have both committed to UK as part of the class of 2019.

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