The Chase Continues

InsideTheVille.com has the latest on three-star offensive lineman Chase Dumphord of Paris (Ky.) High School

A member of Scout.com's Midwest Hot 100 and the Kentucky Top 15, Paris High School offensive lineman Chase Dumphord remains one of the few top in-state prospects that has yet to extend a verbal commitment. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound helped guide his team to a 7-4 record this season and earned All-State honors for his efforts along the offensive front.

"I think I had a pretty good season," said Dumphord, a Scout.com three-star prospect. "Our team had a good season and that's what is important though."

Paris head coach Brian Washington awarded Dumphord the team defensive line MVP during his team banquet on Sunday.

"Chase had a great season for us this year," said Washington. "He has good hands, moves well and has really good footwork."

Dumphord collected early scholarship offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Louisville, with Michigan State and new Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio joining the group in late November. Dumphord spent last weekend visiting the Big Ten program.

"It was real nice," Dumphord said of his trip to East Lansing, Michigan. "The coaches are real people and they care about you as a person and not just as a football player."

Auburn, Florida and Tennessee are likely destinations for official visits in January, with in-state schools Louisville and Kentucky also receiving strong consideration. Dumphord has made multiple unofficial visits with Louisville, most recently for the Cardinals November 5 clash with West Virginia.

"Everybody's the same and I don't have any favorites right now," he said. "I'm just going to take my time and make sure I make the right decision."

While he's in no rush to make a college decision, Dumphord says that a family atmosphere will play more of a role than distance from home when it comes time to decide.

"I want to know if the coaches care about you as a person," said Dumphord. "Plus, how far it is away from home, but it doesn't really matter if it's in-state or not."

Dumphord is currently playing basketball for Paris High School.


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