Chase Walling, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive lineman from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, is seeing his recruiting pick up over the summer. Currently, he has two offers on the table with several others showing strong interest after summer camps.
"My first offer was in early May from Marshall," Walling said. "Kansas State offered about two or three weeks ago. The schools showing me the most interest right now are North Texas and Oklahoma State."
A season ago Oklahoma State grabbed Desmond Roland out of Lake Highlands. The schools has produced numerous NFL players such as Merton Hanks, Frank Okam, Wade Smith and Matt Stover. Playing in Texas 5A will get you noticed, but Walling showcased his skills at a few camps this summer.
"I was at Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor, and North Texas," said Walling on his camp attendance. "I'm going back this weekend to visit North Texas in Denton about 40 miles away. I'm also going to take campus visits to Ole Miss, San Diego State, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State."
After the Marshall offer, Walling picked up his second a couple of months later when the Kansas State Wildcats called. Although he hasn't yet spoken to the coaching staff, he's excited about the offer and the school.
"The Offensive Line coach [Charlie Dickey] called and spoke with my father," Walling said. "He told him I had an offer. This year at Lake Highlands we have two new coaches and one went to Kansas State. He had an amazing experience and was telling me to get out there and visit. It sounds like a really fun place with a good college atmosphere. It's in the Big 12 and that's a conference I think very highly of."
At Lake Highlands, Walling played center as a sophomore, tackle as a junior, and plans on moving to guard in the fall. Although he hasn't played defense end since his JV days, North Texas is looking at him at that position. Walling feels he has the necessary tools to compete on either side of the ball.
"I'm working on improving my upper body," Walling said. "My strengths are quick feet and my technique, getting a hard advance off the ball. This is my last year so I'm hoping to make it a memorable one. We want to make a deep run in the playoffs with the ultimate goal of winning State. Last year we were one and done in the playoffs, but we return a lot of experience especially on offense. I think the leaders on this team are the offensive line, so we're going to need to step it up in order for us to accomplish what we want to do."
The Wildcats finished 7-4. Although they lost Roland, they have a big playmaker at running back in senior Devonte Sunwengham. Walling is ready to focus his attention to his team while mingling in some campus trips during the fall season.
"There's no timeframe yet on my decision," Walling said. "I'm going to try and get three or four more offers to widen out my options. I'd like to go to a college with a winning tradition, a school I'll be proud to say I went to when I'm finished. It would be nice to be able to play in a few Bowl games and have that experience. Also, I want to go somewhere with a nice campus I'll feel comfortable being for the next four or five years. A big part of it will be getting to know the coaches to see which ones I click with."
Walling reports an A- average at Lake Highlands. He plans on graduating with his class next spring. Although he's a football guy now, Walling says his first love was basketball. He plans on playing Varsity basketball for the first time after the season is complete.