TE Chase Coffman: Still Weighing Options

<P>TE Chase Coffman (6-6, 215, 4.85) of Raymore-Peculiar HS in Peculiar, Mo, says he has a leader but declines to name it. His top four schools are Missouri, Kansas St, Iowa (JR day) and Nebraska. All have offered as well as Iowa St, Kansas, Arizona St, Wisconsin and Tulsa.

"Missouri is the closest and I've got a lot of friends that go there--it's my home school," says Coffman. They're making up lots of new plays for their TEs and the coaches there say they'd like to get me more involved, but I'll see what they'll do. Coach (Andy) Hill (WRs) has seen me play some games. He and coach (Bruce) Walker (TEs/asst OL) have been making up plays geared towards the TE. They really want me there.

"My dad went to Kansas St and played TE for them as well. They won the Big 12 last year and are a good team. And coach (Bill) Snyder is a nice guy.

"Iowa is a great team and they've got a nice coaching staff. I went to two of their games last season. It's nice over there because they've got a hospital right across the street from campus in case any players get injured--and you can go there anytime as well. Plus the fans there are dedicated to the school. Coaches (Kirk) Ferentz and (Eric) Johnson (rec coord/TEs) said they'd like to have me there, and that they need a good TE to replace Tony Jackson because he's leaving and is already good enough to go to the NFL.

"Nebraska has a good history and it's a great school. I also like coach (Bill) Callahan. Coach (Scott) Downing (rec coord/TEs/spec) told me that since Callahan's arrived they've become a big passing team. They're also looking for a TE becauseMatt Herian (TE) is graduating. I'll be taking a closer look at them this year."

Chase says he'll officially visit Kansas St and Missouri because they're the closest, and will probably visit Iowa and Nebraska after the season.

In his first game (a 41-0 Raymore-Peculiar victory over Kearny) Chase had six catches for about 100 yds and three TDs.

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