Casey, who played for McQuaid for three seasons, recorded 83 tackles and seven sacks this past fall. He chose Old Dominion over several Division I schools including Buffalo, Georgia Tech and Bowling Green.
When Cullen Casey was a freshman at McQuaid, he told head football coach he was going to play in Division I. It was a bold statement, but Bates believed in the offensive lineman.
Three years later, Casey rewarded his coach’s - and his own - faith.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play football at Old Dominion. The Monarchs will begin play as an FCS Independent for the next season before joining Conference USA in 2014.
Casey, who played for Bates for three seasons, recorded 83 tackles and seven sacks this past fall. He chose Old Dominion over several Division I schools including Buffalo, Georgia Tech and Bowling Green.
Why did you choose Old Dominion?
“Old Dominion has been one of those schools I have been looking at from the beginning, since my sophomore eyar. The past couple of years I have put a relationship with them and I felt comfortable with them. It was the type of program I wanted to play and I am excited to get down there.”
What was the college search process like for you?
“It was interesting. I committed kind of early, there were a lot times where I was meeting a new guy every day. They were trying to make an impression on you. You have to analyze if that iis the guy you want to play for. At Old Dominion I felt they were telling the truth, and wanted me to be a part of their class.”
What are the biggest improvements you have made to your game over the last few years?
“Sophomore year I was kind of raw, junior year I got through training and working out with coaches I became more mentally tough. I was more phyisical with my play, I feel like my game is more complete. I have more work to do with my quickness.”
Do you feel like you can play next year?
“There is some talk they are looking at me as one of the head guys in the class. Maybe red shirt because they are ineligible for a bowl. I am looking forward to going down and working hard, and possibly getting on the field early.”