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October 9, 2007The question for Rivals.com 3 star defensive lineman Jurrell Casey will be whether he stays at home and plays at USC or ventures out of state and chooses Ole Miss or Oregon.
According to Casey, it's down to those three after the standout defenseman arrived back from his official visit to Oxford.
"USC is still my favorite," Casey told RebelSports.Net. "I will take a visit to Oregon and then make a decision between those three.
Casey enjoyed his first visit to the south and learned a few new things while on the visit.
"I didn't realize that Ole Miss was in such a small town," Casey said. "That's not a bad thing, it's a good thing. Everyone is really friendly and there isn't as much trouble to get into."
Casey enjoyed meeting the Rebel coaching staff and acknowledged that the Ole Miss program reminds him a whole lot of the USC one.
"They push their players just like the USC coaches do," Casey said. "I like Coach (Ed) Orgeron a lot; I have known him for a while. I grew up basically in USC's backyard so I'm very familiar with the Trojan program and coaches."
One thing that impressed Casey was the closeness of the team.
"Everyone is friends with each other," Casey said. "It's a big family. The coaches really love to get hyped up and they know how to fire up their players. I liked the game day atmosphere there at Ole Miss."
Casey was thinking about taking a visit to Nebraska, but feels he will probably go ahead and make a decision and not visit the Cornhuskers.
"It's between USC, Ole Miss and Oregon," Casey said. "Nebraska is probably out of it."
There is a good case that the defensive tackle (6-1, 290, 4.8) is the most dominating defensive trenchmen on the west coast.
In a losing cause against Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham a couple of weeks ago he was so dominating that Birmingham's head coach Ed Croson said he's one of the best defensive linemen he has faced.
Carson coach Mike Christensen would likely agree as Casey had an outstanding game against the Colts Friday. Casey said he had 20 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery that he scooped up and rambled 44 yards for a touchdown.
In four games, Casey has accounted for 50 tackles, 5.5 sacks and of course the fumble recovery that he took to the house.