Winter Park (Fla.) High School football coach Tim Shifflet insists he had no pull in convincing Casey Case to commit to the University at Buffalo football program.
Shifflet is a Sweet Home graduate and the son of Joe Shifflet, a Buffalo-area high school football and wrestling coaching great. Tim Shifflet sometimes would joke to Case that Buffalo would be a destination for him to play college football, but Case made that into a reality.
The 6-foot-6-inch, 195-pound quarterback from Winter Park announced his commitment to UB last week on Twitter. He's one of eight players to commit to the Bulls' 2020 recruiting class, and the first quarterback to commit to the class.
“This was an opportunity that was too good to pass up,” Case said. “Coach (Lance) Leipold is building a great program, there, a great winning program, and I really like the coaches there. I was just super-excited to receive an offer, and decided to commit now so I can focus on my last year of high school football.”
Case is a pro-style quarterback who threw for 1,235 yards and 18 touchdowns and was intercepted eight times in 2018, according to MaxPreps.com. He also had a completion rate of 60 percent (92-of-153) in 11 games at Winter Park, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“I’m definitely a big pocket passer, and more of a traditional quarterback,” said Case, who also considered Fordham and Stetson. “I’ve got arm strength, and my height helps me see the field.”
I want to thank God for his faithfulness and direction in my life. I also want to thank my coaches, family, and friends who have supported me throughout this journey. With that being said, I am excited to announce my commitment to The University at Buffalo!!!#HornsUp 🐃🤘🏼 pic.twitter.com/W1b4b9g3YG
— Casey Case (@CaseyCase2020) July 10, 2019
He said the UB coaches saw him train at a camp at Syracuse in June, and he made an unofficial visit to UB at the end of June.
Case plans to sign with the Bulls in December. He will join the Bulls as a freshman in 2020, though he has not decided if he will enroll at UB in January or during the summer.
UB’s incoming freshman class of 2020 also includes three-star recruits Bryce Johnson-Maith, a defensive end from Baltimore; Trey Blair, a running back from Havertown, Pa.; and Lonnie Rice, a safety from Wyncote, Pa. College coaches cannot comment on recruits until they have signed a national letter of intent, according to NCAA rules.
By this time in 2018, UB had eight verbal commitments, and the Bulls currently have an incoming class of 23 freshmen and junior college transfers. UB opens practices July 31, and begins the season at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 against Robert Morris, an FCS program.
Shifflet said the institution of an early signing period in December 2017 has changed the dynamics of recruiting.
“It’s falling in line with the basketball process, and the process is moving up, especially with quarterbacks,” Shifflet said. “It’s under a microscope now, because somewhere, in the mindset of a coach and a staff, they’re recruiting a player who could be the face of the program.”
The 2019 early signing period for football is Dec. 18, and Shifflet anticipates that Case will redshirt his first year in the program, in order to put on weight and to learn the Bulls’ offense.
“He’s a true leader, and he’s just scratching the surface of where he could be,” Shifflet said. “He came to us in his sophomore year, out of a smaller school that was running the Wing-T running system. He’s really blossomed, and he started almost every game last season and he got a lot of reps and really stepped up.”