Chase Minnifield Announces Decision

Chase Minnifield, a standout from Lexington Henry Clay High School, announced his college decision Monday afternoon. The son of former Louisville great Frank Minnifield, Minnifield narrowed his choices to Louisville and Virginia. Where's the 6-1, 180-pound cornerback headed? has the latest.

Family ties weren't enough for Louisville to keep Lexington Henry Clay standout Chase Minnifield from leaving the state to play his college football.

Minnifield, a 6-1, 180-pound cornerback, chose Virginia over Louisville during a Monday afternoon press conference at his high school. Minnifield is the seventh player from the Class of 2007 to commit to the Cavaliers.

"Virginia is a national caliber program," Minnifield said. "They have been in 11 bowl games in 12 years. They are positioning themselves to compete for the ACC championship which would qualify them for the BCS. I believe Coach Grohl is committed to staying at UVA and has a proven winning tradition. And they play an NFL style defense that will prepare me for the next level."

A first team All-City performer as a junior, Minnifield, the son of former Louisville great Frank Minnifield picked off five passes, returningone for touchdown, in 2005. He also caught 20 passes on offense and scored 18 total touchdowns while leading Henry Clay to a 12-2 record and the Class 4A state semifinals.

Minnifield's father was a four time
Pro Bowl selection.

Minnifield's father was a standout defensive back/return man at U of L from 1979-82. He recorded seven career interceptions and led the Cardinals in kickoff returns in 1981 with a 30.4 yard average. Un-drafted coming out of Louisville in 1982, Minnifield latched on with the Cleveland Browns after a two year stint with the USFL's Chicago Blitz. He went on to play nine years in the NFL, making four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1987-90.

Though Minnifield told Sunday evening that he would choose either Louisville or Virginia, Stanford flew in to Lexington Monday morning and made a last ditch effort to land Minnifield. Even with a personal offer from the Stanford coaches, it was too little, too late for the Cardinal.

Minnifield also had offers from Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, Eastern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State.

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