Jaden Casey just became the latest major recruiting coup for Fresno State – in the 2020 class.

The Calabasas (Calif.) dual-threat quarterback who held offers from five different Power Five programs turned down all of them to verbally commit to the Bulldogs, which he announced after the June 22 camp at Fresno State's practice field.

Casey is considered the nation’s ninth best dual-threat passer in the ’20 class – especially after combining for 35 touchdowns (32 passing) for a Coyotes team that went 10-2 last season with him at the controls.

After a standout sophomore season, Casey went on to receive scholarship offers from the following Power Five programs: Indiana, Iowa State, Washington State, Arizona State and Arkansas. But Casey tells BarkBoard.com that some separate training sessions and individual talks with Jeff Tedford during and after the camp sealed his decision to choose the Bulldogs.

“He took six quarterbacks onto another field and taught me what he knows – plus taught me the basic fundamentals,” Casey said. “He knows a lot about the quarterback position coming from guys like Trent Dilfer, Aaron Rodgers, Akili Smith, all of them. That was a big part – just getting developed as a quarterback. Even if I don’t start, I know I’m going to get developed as a quarterback under Tedford. It’s a really good move and I just feel like I know I’ll be developed as a quarterback and get better every day.”

Coincidentally, Casey idolizes two NFL quarterbacks who are either a former Tedford pupil or an ex-Fresno State star: Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr.

Following the Bulldogs’ camp, Casey and his family drove back to Southern California to participate in the Los Angeles Rams’ 7v7/lineman challenge on June 23 held at Cal Lutheran University. The Coyotes, who are now being coached by former NFL and USC linebacker Chris Claiborne, made it to the top 16 of the 34-team field.

Temperatures on the Thousand Oaks’ college campus rose to 86 degrees. Yet, Casey already got acclimated with the Central Valley heat and showed he was unfazed by the So Cal sun – directing the Coyotes’ offense by spreading the ball around and attacking the middle deep against some of the toughest programs in the Los Angeles and Ventura County regions.

“It is close to home. The weather can get hot, but it is beautiful and the people in Fresno are awesome. It’s just perfect,” Casey said.

Weather and quarterback development, though, weren’t the chief reasons why Casey pulled the stunner and chose Fresno State. He likes the Bulldogs’ non-conference schedule which features future Power Five opponents like Minnesota, UCLA, Texas A&M, etc. as another key reason to wear the Bulldog uniform.

“He (Tedford) and Fresno State are not afraid to run (to) competition. It’s going to be fun,” Casey said.

Highly-rated recruits committing to Fresno State isn’t something new for the Bulldogs. The Mountain West Conference runner-ups got Tulare (Calif.) Tulare Union three-star wide receiver Emoryie Edwards to turn down offers from Washington State and Duke for the ‘Dogs in the 2018 class. Four-star 2015 quarterback Chason Virgil decided to make FS his newest home after de-committing from Mississippi State and saying no to several Big 12 and Southeastern Conference programs. Even the Carr brothers David and Derek were being courted by the likes of California, Purdue and Washington before choosing the ‘Dogs.

Lastly, the newest Bulldog had eight words he wanted to share to the Red Wave:

“I want to bring championships to Fresno State.”

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