Fresh off an unofficial visit to Auburn, Paris (Ky.) HS offensive lineman Chase Dumphord is back home in Kentucky and all set for his stock to soar through the roof.
One of the top contenders to unseat Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier's Victor Anderson and Louisville (Ky.) Male's Doug Beaumont for the number one player in the Bluegrass state for 2007, Dumphord is listening to some heavy hitters already.
"I just went to Auburn a couple days ago," Dumphord said, "not this last weekend, but the weekend before. It was really nice. I like them alot, they've been recruiting me real hard."
Auburn is not alone, as the likes of Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia, Florida State, Miami and Georgia join the Tigers in the pursuit of the 6-foot-7, 305 pound beast.
Currently, Kentucky is the only school that has pulled the trigger on an offer. "It was a very exciting time of the year for us," Dumphord said. "I am very interested in Kentucky. It's close to home. I could walk there if I had too, it's so close, so them being right here, I was excited about the offer."
In addition to Kentucky, other Southeastern conference schools are after Dumphord in anticipation of following the Wildcats lead with a scholarship offer. "My top 5 schools right now are Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Kentucky and Louisville."
"All of them have been recruiting me," Dumphord explained. "Louisville, Coach Norris came and visited me at school and so did Kentucky's coach Heggins. Both of them are pretty cool guys, I have developed personal relationships now with both of them."
Dumphord has taken unofficial visits to both Louisville and Lexington to check on both in-state schools. The early indication might make some believe the Bluegrass competitors might have the early lead. Dumphord isn't ready to concede.
"It depends, you know, I don't wanna go to far away from home, but I don't wanna be so close that I can't do my own thing," Dumphord stated. "It will also depend on the seniors the team has graduating on the offensive line and defensive line."
Dumphord plans on deciding by next signing day and is not about to rush into an early commitment. The program that adds the senior-to-be will be getting a humbled young man whom is considered one of the top collegiate prospects to come out of the state in 2007.
Projected at both offensive and defensive tackle spots at the next level, Dumphord described what type of player he is; "As an offensive player, I'm very consistent in my blocks, but I have to learn how to finish them," Dumphord stated. "On defense, I'm a run blocker."