Chase Coffman Returns From Manhattan

Ranked the tenth best prospect in the Midlands 50, tight end Chase Coffman completed his third official visit this weekend to Kansas State, which is the alma mater of his father, Paul, who also accompanied him on the trip. Did the Wildcats put themselves in position to land the four star tight end? We spoke with Paul Coffman to get the latest.

Paul Coffman is glad to know that he has several great options when considering what school his son will represent the next four years of his life.

"I can tell you that if one school was to take away their scholarship, and take themselves out of the running, Chase wouldn't even flinch," said Paul Coffman. "All of them are in the running, but he has not found one negative on any official visits, and enjoyed each one. His decision continues to get a little harder each time he takes a visit."

That was evident when speaking to Paul on the impression left by Kansas State.

"Coach (Bill) Synder told me he didn't want to recruit my son to play for him. He said he was confident enough in the school and their program. Chase has to make the best informed decision for himself, but Chase had a real good time. He connected well with the coaches."

That included watching some film with the Wildcat coaches.

"We watched some film with their coaches, which was hard to judge for the fact they had Brian Casey playing tight end," added the elder Coffman. "He is a 6'5 270 tight end that is known for other attributes than his athleticism, and they said if they were able to get a kid like Chase they would utilize their tight end more."

Paul noted another strong factor in considering Kansas State is the fact Chase will have an excellent chance to play early with only two scholarship tight ends returning to the Wildcat roster.

Chase has already taken official visits to both Nebraska and Iowa, and will take an official visit to Missouri this coming weekend. There are strong enough reasons to sign with all three of those schools.

"Missouri is the home state school, and is close to home," responded Paul Coffman. "Nebraska has a former pro coach, and they utilize many different offenses and patterns for their tight ends. They also some new high tech facilities in the works. When looking at Iowa, you look no further than Kirk Ferentz and their program. They have the best win/loss record right now, and are the best program at this moment that he is considering."

Now, both Paul and Chase will have to sit down in making the best the informed decision.

"We are going to sit down, look over who is the best tight end coach, who is the best head coach and how he will be used at each of the schools. I know Chase would like to get his decision done pretty soon, and it'll probably occur sometime around Christmas," stated Mr. Coffman.

If Chase returns home from Columbia still uncertain over his future, expect an official visit to Kansas to take place on the weekend of the 17th.

Paul Coffman informed the improvement shown by Kansas this fall, really has made Chase give the Jayhawks some consideration.

Meanwhile, even Paul got to relive some of his good memories while in Manhattan this weekend.

"There are a lot more buildings on campus now, and of course, you can't look past the improvements to the stadium and the new indoor practice facility," added the elder Coffman. "Coach (Mo) Lattimore was my tight end coach when I was playing, and Coach Synder's secetary, JoAnn, was the secretary while I played there. I can't forget "Shorty" as he is still the equipment manager there, too."

The Coffman family will host Missouri coaches and Iowa coaches for in-home visits on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.


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