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Where does Fresno State commit Jaden Casey stand after an Alabama offer? He tells you

Calabasas quarterback Jaden Casey is a Fresno State commit who picked up an offer from Alabama on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. He reaffirms his commitment to the Bulldogs for the 2020 class.
Calabasas quarterback Jaden Casey is a Fresno State commit who picked up an offer from Alabama on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. He reaffirms his commitment to the Bulldogs for the 2020 class. Los Angeles Daily News

Calabasas High junior quarterback Jaden Casey verbally committed to Fresno State in summer 2018.

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 Fresno State standout talks about his performance for pro scouts at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno on Monday prior to the National Football League draft.

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.”

Casey also noted the success of past Fresno State quarterbacks such as Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Derek Carr and Marcus McMaryion.

“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.”

Former Fresno State and NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, who served as the keynote speaker at the Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl kickoff luncheon, talks about the influences both Tedford and Edwards had on his growth as a quarterback.

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.

Casey said he’ll be watching as senior Jorge Reyna and redshirt freshmen Steven Comstock and Ben Wooldridge battle it out for the starting job in 2019. The Bulldogs are in spring practices now.

Calabasas begins spring workouts on Monday. Last year, the Coyotes went 10-3 and reached the Southern Section Division II semifinals.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.