Jurrell Casey, the 6-foot-2, 282-pound three-star defensive tackle from Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., was supposed to visit Nebraska on Sept. 15 for the USC game, but that didn't happen. He was also supposed to visit Oregon on Sept. 29, but that didn't happen either. Casey has a visit scheduled to Ole Miss this weekend (Oct. 6) and insists he's definitely going to make this trip.
"I couldn't make the Nebraska trip because I wasn't cleared through the NCAA Clearing House yet," Casey said. "I'm cleared now so I'm definitely going to Ole Miss this weekend.
"I didn't make my Oregon visit because there was a problem with my flight and I would have arrived after the start of the game so we decided to try to reschedule the trip," he said. "We've talked about rescheduling it but I haven't set up a date yet."
Despite still wanting to take these official visits to Nebraska and Oregon, Casey admits that the team to still beat is USC - a school he doesn't plan to take an official trip to. "They are so close I can see them anytime," Casey said. "I was at the Washington State game a few weeks ago and hopefully I'll be able to go to a few more games this season.
"They are looking really good so far and I think if they keep doing what they do they'll do really well," he said. "I really like the coaches at USC a lot and they've been on me hard. I like that they actually get to know me as a person and sometimes we don't even talk about football."
One football-related item that the Trojan coaches did talk to Casey about is how he'd be able to fit in with the team. "They said that with Sedrick Ellis leaving that I'll be able to come in and start if I work hard."
Casey, ranked the No. 36 best defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, still says there is an 80 percent chance that he'll end up a Trojan, but denies already being committed there. "I haven't told nobody anything yet," he said. "I still want to take my trips and see some other things.
"I'll probably try to make my announcement sometime before the holidays," he said. "Me and (teammate and close friend) Vaughn Telemaque (recently offered by USC) have talked about making our announcement together on FSN (Fox Sports Network).
"We're good friends and we've talked about going to the same school together, but I know he likes Michigan and I like USC, so it may not happen. It's just cool to have somebody to talk to who is also going through the same stuff. We're just trying to have fun with recruiting and not rush it."
Five game (4-1) stats: 45 tackles/4 sacks.
He reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 13 ACT, which he is retaking on Nov. 3.