That’s an early commitment – his first opportunity to sign a letter of intent doesn’t come until December – and it means other schools will continue to give him scholarship offers.
And that includes national power Alabama, which offered Casey on Wednesday.
Casey said he’s 100 percent on his commitment to the Bulldogs.
“When I commit, I commit,” Casey said Friday in an interview with The Bee. “There is no really going back. I’m a loyal kid and I’m really looking forward to my 2020 season and developing as a player and a quarterback at Fresno State.”
Casey, listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, said he won’t turn down the opportunity in listening to other schools but reaffirmed his commitment to Fresno State. Besides the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, he has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Colorado and others.
He said the opportunity to talk to Alabama coach Nick Saban was special, calling him a “legend.”
“As a kid, you want to get recruited and want to talk to Coach Saban. ... Just getting that offer and to be able to talk to Coach Saban, you can’t really say no to that opportunity.
“But I’m still committed to Fresno State.”
The three-star recruit said “I checked off all the boxes” when he committed to Fresno State. He noted that Bulldogs coach Jeff Tedford mentored current Green Bay Packers great Aaron Rodgers at Cal.
“He’s known for developing football players, not just quarterbacks in general and people who succeed in the NFL,” Casey said. “Coach Tedford has an offense and program that will set you up to do good in the league.”
“I actually got in touch with Trent Dilfer right after my commitment and I talked to him a little bit,” Casey said. “Derek Carr tweeted at me, which is really cool, but just the history of Fresno State quarterbacks. Marcus McMaryion is definitely going to be one of the greats at Fresno, leading them to the best record in Fresno State history.”
McMaryion capped his two-year career at Fresno State last season with the Bulldogs winning a school-record 12 games including a 31-20 victory over Arizona State at the Las Vegas Bowl.
Calabasas begins spring workouts on Monday. Last year, the Coyotes went 10-3 and reached the Southern Section Division II semifinals.