Jurrell Casey, the 6-foot-2, 282-pound three-star defensive tackle from Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., says that there is still an 80 percent chance that he'll be a Trojan, but insists he's not any closer to making a final decision.
"I might announce before Signing Day, but I definitely want to take my visits," Casey said. "I don't know for sure though."
Casey, ranked the No. 36 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, said he still favors USC solidly over Oregon, Nebraska and Ole Miss. All of his favorites have offered.
"USC and Oregon are recruiting me the most," he said. "They both just called me. In fact, I talked with (USC linebacker) coach Ken Norton on Tuesday and he told me just to stay focused on my season and really just to keep my mind on football.
"I saw about half of their game against Idaho on TV and thought they looked pretty good," he said. "They really know what they are doing and I just hope they can go out there and play like I know they can play every week."
Casey says he'd like to visit Nebraska for the USC game on Sept. 15, but hasn't set that up yet. "I think that USC will probably win that game, but Nebraska looked pretty good in their first game too. It's a great program for defensive lineman and they send a lot of guys to the NFL."
He does, however, have official visits set up with Oregon on Sept. 29 and Mississippi on Oct. 6. "On Sept. 1, I got a call from Mike Bellotti and that was pretty cool," Casey said. "He says he's really excited to have me out there for the visit and thinks that I'd be a good fit for them."
Long Beach Poly made the long trek to the Midwest last weekend for their season opener against Glenville, Ohio. "It was a good experience," Casey said. "I liked getting to travel and go somewhere I've never been. We were tired though. The time difference was tough to get used to."
Poly won the game 21-13 and Casey says he had five tackles.
He reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 13 ACT, which he plans to retake but hasn't scheduled a date yet. "I'll be fine," he said. "The coaches don't seem to be worried about it."