In recent years, the Rochester area in New York has produced a number of impressive BCS caliber recruits. Class of 2013 lineman Cullen Casey of Rochester (N.Y.) Mcquaid Jesuit School is hoping to continue this trend, and is beginning to hear from a number of East Coast programs.
"Recruiting is good, but it's very confusing," said Casey, who is 6-foot-4 and 270-pounds. "I got an invite to the first Rutgers game, but I couldn't make it because of practice."
Aside from Rutgers, Casey has also been receiving steady interest from Duke, Syracuse, Penn State, Buffalo and Colgate. He camped at Syracuse, Buffalo and Colgate this summer.
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Because of a recent growth spurt, Casey's future position at the next level is still up in the air.
"I like defense, but I could possibly be projected as a guard," said Casey. "I feel that my strengths are on defense."
Casey discussed the recent trend of sending Rochester athletes to the BCS level.
"We have talent," said Casey. "We are all trying to get Rochester on the map for football. There are many talented players up here.
Casey showed off his versatility last season by playing offensive guard, offensive tackle, tight end, defensive end and defensive tackle. This season the coaching staff plans to concentrate his talents at offensive guard and defensive tackle.
"I improved my quickness and became more aggressive," said Casey. "I feel like I have developed more instincts and play recognition. I have gotten my weight up and have gotten faster. I was 245-pounds last season and running a 5.4, and now I'm 270-pounds and running a 5.27."