One of Jefferson’s most reliable players in the trenches over the past three years will continue his football career in college.
Dustin Casey, who played both offensive and defensive line for the Dragons, signed with Morehead State Friday.
“It’s definitely always been a goal of mine to play football,” Casey said. “It’s been a focus for a while now. I’m glad to see that’s actually coming true now.”
Morehead State, located in Kentucky, plays in the Pioneer League in Division I-FCS (formerly Division I-AA). Casey described the recruiting process.
“They looked at my film on hudl.com and the head coach called me and asked me to come visit and I did,” Casey said. “I just liked the place and decided to commit there.”
Casey said he visited the Morehead State campus “about a month or two ago.”
“I just liked the facilities, and I just liked everything it had to offer,” Casey said. “The program is very established and was competing for championships every year — that sort of thing. I met a lot of the players and just liked the team and liked where they’re headed.”
Casey was a three-year starter along the offensive line for the Dragons at quick guard and strong guard, while also playing some defensive end, “and did a fine job,” Jefferson coach T. McFerrin said.
McFerrin described Casey’s evolution as a player.
“When I got here, he was about 270, 285, 280-lb., and he lost some weight and got some speed and got trimmed up … He’s a good athlete,” McFerrin said. “Now he’s putting it back on I think in the right way, so he should go up there at 265, 270-lb. probably. So I think with his height and his chance to gain weight, he’s going to be a heck of a prospect for them.”
Casey is the second player in McFerrin’s three years at Jefferson to sign a college scholarship, the other being Kyle Mosley.
McFerrin said there have been other players the past three years that were deserving of scholarships, but they were passed over by colleges. The coach added that the program is working hard to get its players exposure, including attending recruiting combines.
Meanwhile, Casey has a shot to make an impact at Morehead State this fall.
“According to the coach, I’ll have the opportunity to start as a freshman but obviously, you’ve got to work when you get there,” he said. “The best player is going to play, so hopefully I can earn that spot.”
Morehead State is a seven-hour drive from Jefferson, but Casey is plenty excited about his chance to play college football.
“I don’t like the fact that it’s that far away but it’s free football, so it doesn’t matter,” Casey said.
Jefferson's Dustin Casey signed with Morehead State Friday. Pictured are (front row, L to R) Carletta Casey, Dustin Casey, Bill Casey, (back row) Jefferson Schools Superintendent John Jackson, Jefferson principal Kevin Smith and Jefferson football coach. T. McFerrin.