Jacksonville, Fla.-- Chase Lasater, a two-way standout at linebacker and running back, said after his official visit to Auburn over the weekend that he is very interested in playing for Coach Gus Malzahn’s Tigers who are recruiting him as a fullback/H-back.
Lasater previously got an offer from Auburn, but since then has changed offensive coordinators with Chip Lindsey replacing Rhett Lashlee.
“Since they got the new OC they just want to wait,” Lasaster said. “He recruited me at Arizona State after seeing my film and they wanted me at tight end I believe, but they said they' would fly out and we will figure it all out after that.”
Asked what the Auburn coaches told him on his official visit, the senior at Trinity Christian School said, “Well, they love my film and as of now, I am pretty sure Coach Malzahn and Coach Hand are going to come out and see me at the house and from there I will know if I am going to be committing there or not. They should be out tomorrow or if not, they will be Tuesday or something.”
Asked what he thought about Lindsey, who was just hired by Auburn on Saturday and arrived on campus that evening, Lasaster said, “I talked to him very briefly. I talked to him when he was recruiting me at Arizona State, but I had an idea about him. I have talked to him on Twitter, but he seems like a nice, cool guy.”
In high school Lasater developed a reputation for being a physical guy. “It is the way I?have always played football since I was a little kid. If someone is in the way, you’ve got to hit them. I don't know much else."”
Lasater, who is 6-2, 224 pounds, previously committed to Michigan, but said he has grown up wanting to play in the SEC. He said that Michigan, Miami and possibly Memphis are on his list of colleges.
Asked what he is looking for in his choice, he said, “The education, atmosphere and I really want to stay down South. I don't want to go anywhere where it’s cold.” He said that veterinary medicine and engineering are his potential fields for study in college, but noted he has a goal of playing in the NFL after college.
He noted that if he is told that Auburn wants him on board that there is a good chance he will shut down recruiting and commit to the Tigers. “That is why I don't want to commit because I don’t want to throw away my other options,” he said. “I just want to make sure it's a 100 percent thing before I make a final decision.”