Salem (Roanoke, VA) linebacker Austin Casey has seen visitors from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, and North Carolina come through his school this spring. Although he does not have any offers to this point, he hopes to impress these schools and more this summer.
“I’ve spoken with coaches from Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Virginia,” said Casey. “Maryland said they will offer me if I go to their camp this summer. I’m still not sure if I will make that one, but I’m definitely going to camp at UVA and Virginia Tech.”
Casey, whose father played defensive lineman at Virginia Tech, has the athleticism needed to compete on the next level. He would like to add more weight before the start of his senior season, which would give him the size to go along with his athleticism.
A player with excellent work ethic, Casey lifts early in the morning and in afternoons.
“Coaches really like my vertical leap and they say my 40 time is good too,” said Casey, who recorded a 37.5” vertical leap at the Nike camp in Blacksburg and has been clocked at 4.62 in the 40 yard dash. “I’m going to train this summer [to put on more weight]. I’m up around 215 right now.”
As a junior, Casey recorded 56 tackles including seven tackles-for-loss and one sack. Coach Willis White believes his star defender could be a special player for whichever school he chooses.
“Austin is a good athlete who runs well and hits well,” said White. “He has the potential to be a real good one. He hadn’t really played linebacker until last season, when he played middle linebacker. He enjoys the contact and likes to hit. He can really shed off blockers and make the tackle.”
Currently, Casey does not have any favorites and “is pretty wide open.” In addition to attending the UVA and VT one day camps, he will participate in basketball team camp. He is a very solid forward on the hardcourt but hopes to earn some scholarship offers for his play on the gridiron.
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