Cal Football: Bears Land Jaden Casey, Top-25 Quarterback Prospect
Cal landed a top-25 national quarterback prospect on Monday when Jaden Casey of Calabasas High gave the Bears a verbal commitment after considering offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah and Oregon State, among others. (See Casey video highlights below.)
Casey announced his decision on social media, telling fans, "Berkeley, I'm home."
In fact, Fresno almost was home to Casey.
He committed to Fresno State in June 2018, citing the opportunity to play for coach Jeff Tedford, according to Barkboard, a Fresno State site.
But Fresno State just gave a scholarship to Washington transfer Jake Haener -- the Monte Vista-Danville product who threw the interception that Evan Weaver returned for a touchdown in the Bears' 12-10 upset of the Huskies last season.
With Haener coming on board in Fresno, Casey opted to go a bit further north, to Berkeley.
Casey is rated as the nation’s No. 21 pro-style quarterback prospect by both 247Sports and Rivals. He is ranked No 41 among all prospects in California by 247Sports, No. 46 by Rivals.
In a recent win over Westlake High, Casey passed for 229 yards and five touchdowns. His top receiver, Johnny Wilson, will play at Oregon next season.
Casey, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, threw for 6,555 yards with 70 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons, according to MaxPreps.
Cal’s 2020 recruiting class, now 21 players strong, also includes 3-star quarterback Zach Johnson of Hart High in Newhall.
Rivals currently gives Cal’s 2020 recruiting class a No. 27 national ranking by Rivals, while 247Sports has the Bears slotted at No. 35.
Check out these Casey highlights: