Last Thursday, Casey Hull became the second football player from the 2017 class at North Surry High School to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college football.
Hull, 6’2’’ and 195 pounds, will head to Salisbury this fall to suit up as a linebacker for the Catawba Indians.
“I have always liked Catawba, and I didn’t really know it was an option,” he said. “Catawba was my first choice from day one, so when they offered, I could not turn it down.”
North Surry head coach Danny Lyons is sure that the Catawba will get a man of not only high football IQ, but a smart 4.2 GPA student too. Lyons credits his three-year starter with great knowledge about the game that can only improve from the high-school level when it comes to film study and team meetings. Lyons also adds that Hull’s work ethic and heart for the game tops the charts at North Surry High School.
“Never once can I ever say Casey Hull quit during a game,” said Lyons. “Casey was so consistent for us for four years. He is a great kid and has great parents who support what we do and come to every game. He had a great career here. Over 300 tackles, and for what we know, our stats do not go back that far enough because there is some loss in the mix, but we are pretty sure he is our school’s all-time leading tackler.
“We have had good linebackers play here. He was good for 10-15 tackles every night,” said Lyons. “Casey is one of the most consistent players that we have had. He started out as a freshman, and we knew he could be a football player and the only thing we needed to do was to find the right place for him. He had to play up for us on varsity as a sophomore because we had some injuries, and he never gave that spot up again.”
After the Greyhounds suffered through a disappointing 2014 campaign, Hull helped the team return to postseason action in each of the past two seasons.
As a senior, Hull registered 74 solo tackles and assisted on 35 to bring a total of 109. Hull also logged ten tackles for loss and two touchdowns as a Greyhound this season.
“Every year, Casey was our best runner and our smartest guy, and he was going to make our calls. It makes it easy on a coach when you know what you are going to get day-to-day from a particular kid. With a lot of kids, you don’t really know what you are going to get,” said Lyons.
Catawba posted a 5-6 overall record this past season, but part of this was due to a very tough schedule. As a member of the South Atlantic Conference, the Indians logged a league record of 5-2. Catawba’s conference wins from last season stemmed from Carson-Newman, Wingate, Mars Hill, Brevard and Lenoir-Rhyne.
“It is good to see all of his hard work pay off. He is a good student and good kid. I am also excited that he is going to room with his best friend, that will be good for him,” said mom Kristie Hull.
The Indians are and have been under the guidance and leadership of Head Coach Curtis Walker since 2012. Walker, a ’92 graduate of Catawba, was a starter every year for the Indians and was also a three-time All-American linebacker. Prior to being named as the Head Coach at Catawba, Walker previously served a year with Western Carolina University and prior to that, he had a 10-year stint with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
“He had interest from Emory and Henry, Greensboro and Lenoir-Rhyne who all offered him a similar deal that Catawba did,” Lyons said. “I think Casey will go in and even though he might not start out at the top of the depth chart, I am sure that when his time comes, Catawba will get four good years out of Casey.”
Earlier this year, Hull’s teammate Avery Smith committed to play college football for Averett University, and both players are currently seeking a state championship as members of North’s basketball team. A few other North Surry players besides Smith and Hull have drawn interest from college programs, but have yet to make a decision.