Decision looming for Chase Minnifield?

As the son of a former University of Louisville gridiron great, Chase Minnifield of Henry Clay High School is very familiar with the Cardinals program. The 1st Team All-City defensive back spoke with about the recruiting process, the possibility of an early decision and more.

As the son of one of the best to ever don a Louisville uniform, Chase Minnifield is quite familiar with the Cardinal football program. His father Frank Minnifield starred at defensive back for U of L from 1979-82 and was a four-time NFL All-Pro selection during his career with the Cleveland Browns.

However, while his father chose to walk-on at U of L after failing to garner a scholarship offer following his stellar prep career, Chase hasn't had to wait for the invitations to come.

"I've been offered by Louisville, Kentucky, Virginia, Middle Tennessee State and Illinois," Minnifield said on Monday. "Eastern Kentucky has also offered."

With six scholarship offers already in hand, Minnifield added that a college decision could be announced later this month.

"I'm thinking about committing on the 22nd of this month," he continued. "I'm looking forward to getting it over with."

With a possible decision looming, a number of interested coaches are making Henry Clay a stop during their school visits.

"Virginia was here [Monday] and Louisville is coming on Tuesday," he said. "There are some others that are going to come by like Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Wake Forest and Michigan State."

The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back claims to not have a favorite at this point and that his eventual decision won't be influenced by family history.

"It doesn't really matter," Minnifield said of his father's strong ties to the Cardinal football program. "I grew up watching both U of L and UK."

Minnifield, who attended spring games at Louisville and Virginia, has spent much of his off season preparing for another run at the Class 4A state title. As a junior he earned First Team All-City and All-District honors after recording five interceptions, while also finishing as his team's third leading receiver.

As for his personal goal for the upcoming 2006 season, Minnifield hopes to turn in the type of performance that will draw attention statewide.

"Hopefully it'll end with Mr. Football," he said.

Minnifield will attend the All-American combine at Louisville on May 20.

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