If sophomore quarterback Chase Wolf was from a different family his football career may have taken a different path. However, looking for a future in football and not basketball is enough of a change for any member of the Wolf family as they have a long history on the hardwood and at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.
With Chase having no interest in stopping “The Long Blue Line” of family members that include his grandfather, father, several uncles and cousins that have attended the school. He also knew he’d be tested when it came to competing against a large number of top level players on the football field with the Bombers being one of the best prep programs in Ohio under head coach Steve Specht.
While Wolf knows he could already have a large amount of varsity level film, he also knows he can learn from watching future Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford while making sure he’s ready in case Clifford goes down.
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Several schools have already reached out to Wolf inviting him to spring practices and spring games and this past Saturday he visited Michigan State for the Spartans annual Green-White game.
“I had a great time at Michigan State,” said Wolf. “Over 50,000 fans was pretty cool and to get a chance to meet Coach (Mark) Dantonio, tour the campus and watch the team on the field was awesome. During the tour the campus seemed like home and our tour guide said she loves it there and I could see why.
“I loved the stadium and it felt really nice. I also liked the engagement center and while I didn’t get to an up close view of some of the other facilities, what I did see I liked.”
Wolf was also surprised the Spartan coaching staff kind of knew who he was despite his lack of on field success.
“I got a chance to meet Coach (Brad) Salem and all the coaches,” he said. “That was awesome but I was surprised they knew me. They talked about their program and were really friendly and funny.
“Coach Salem talked about how they try to pick a quarterback that is right for the program and not one that is the highest ranked or flashest. He said they take the quarterback who is the best fit and that they only take one quarterback from the class. So I thought that was cool and interesting.”
Wolf also paid close attention to the battle on the field between the quarterbacks.
“I thought all the quarterbacks did very well,” he said. “I watched Tyler O’Connor when they played Ohio State last season. I also saw Messiah deWeaver play at Huber Heights Wayne last season. So it was pretty cool that he was able to graduate early and is already up there playing.”
Wolf knows it’s early but is looking forward to learning more about the Spartans and building a relationship with his area recruiter.
“Coach (Harlon) Barnett is my area recruiter and he’s coming to our school on Wednesday to watch us lift,” he continued. “So I look forward to him coming and getting to know him over the next couple of years.”
MORE BACKGROUND ON THE WOLF FAMILY
The Wolf family has a long history at St. Xavier and in athletics. Grandfather Charley Wolf was a three-sport athlete who played minor-league baseball before becoming a head basketball coach at the college level and in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals and Detroit Pistons. He coached Oscar Robertson while with the Royals.
Father Steve Wolf earned a basketball scholarship to North Carolina State before transferring to Xavier. He is currently a College Basketball Analyst for CBS Sports.
Several other uncles and cousins have enjoyed success in basketball and tennis and Chase has an older sister who will be playing volleyball at the University of Cincinnati.