Casey commits to Middle Tennessee

Gatlin Casey is headed to Middle Tennessee State.

The former Navarre standout wrapped up his football career at Lehigh as one of the top wide receivers in program history and talked in an interview with the Navarre Press last month about wanting to use his graduate transfer year to enhance his chances of making it to the NFL.

He certainly has the potential, especially after his last two seasons with the Mountain Hawks.

He had a breakout season in 2016, catching a team-leading 14 touchdown passes. He finished second in receptions (62) and yards (1,135) and earned All-Patriot League honors.

This past season, Casey caught 60 passes for 854 yards and 12 touchdowns despite battling an ankle injury. He helped Lehigh win a league championship and clinch an FCS playoff berth for the second consecutive season.

He announced his decision Friday on Instagram.

“I want to thank all the coaches and my parents who have helped me get here,” Casey said in the post. “(I’m) looking forward to seeing the Dawgs in Athens Sept. 15.”

The mention of the Dawgs is in reference to a game the Blue Raiders will play against reigning national runner-up Georgia.

Middle Tennessee State finished 7-6 overall and 4-4 in Conference USA. The Blue Raiders capped the year with a 35-30 win over Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl.

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