Four-star defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (6-1, 285, 4.7) from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly is a beast. He definitely gets the baton passed to him as the west coast's best defensive tackle prospect.
While watching Casey earlier in the season it was obvious that he is a load and almost impossible for a high school to block without a lot of help.
Opposing coaches have to scheme and account for Casey on every down. He has been compared to former USC All-American Mike Patterson and UCLA true freshman Brian Price.
On the recruiting trail Casey has offers from USC, Oregon, Arizona, Ole Miss and Nebraska.
"I have already taken two of my five visits to Oregon and Ole Miss," Casey said. "They were both nice and cool.
"At both schools the coaches were cool and the players were great," Casey said. "I don't have any other visits set.
"I might take one or two more after the season," Casey said. "My academic coach told me that LSU and Miami are beginning to show interest in me.
"I might call them after the season and see if they want me to visit their campuses," Casey said. "I could end up taking a visit there if they want me to.
"USC is my top school right now," Casey said. "They have great coaches and everybody, coaches and players are energetic.
"Every time you go to a practice or a game, everybody is hyped up," Casey said. "The coaches are into it and so are the players.
"I will probably take a couple of more trips after the season, but if I don't could end up making my decision by the end of December."
On the season Poly is going to the semi-finals and have an 11-1 record. Casey has been one of the keys racking up 114 tackles and recording seven sacks even though he has to fight through double and triple teams almost every down.
Casey is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals250 for the class of 2008. Rivals.com rates Casey as the nation's No. 14 defensive tackle prospect. He was also selected to the Rivals.com California Top 100 landing as the Golden State's No. 37 prospect at any position.