Chase Abbington is seeing his stock soar recently. The standout on the football field will also run track this spring for St. Peters (Mo.) Fort Zumwalt South after a short stint on the mats this winter.
"I was wrestling, but I got sick," Abbington said. "I didn't want to jeopardize anything when it comes to football. I am going out for track and I will do the open 200m, open 100m, 4x100m and 4x200m. Sometimes I jump too. My best 100m hand-held is 10.9 and electronic it's 11-seconds."
There have been two new offers extended to Abbington since Friday. Ironically, both came for Abbington as he was on his way to a junior day for another school.
"I have seven offers. I have offers from Missouri, Arkansas, UCLA, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Iowa State. I was on my way down to Arkansas this Friday and I called both Iowa and Iowa State and they offered me over the phone."
Abbington is being labeled an athlete by some, but the overwhelming majority of the interest that he has been getting is on offense and to play running back.
"Arkansas likes me on both sides of the ball. Everyone else is pretty much talking about running back. I would play anywhere a school wants me to play."
Abbington is a little taller and bigger than most running backs, 6-foot-4 and 210-pounds, but he sees that as an advantage for him. He says on defense that he has played against a lot of offenses in his short career and says that is a strength for him.
"As a running back I think my height is a strength. I can see the field and read the defenses a lot easier. I also have speed. My speed kills.
"As a safety, I can read the play. I have seen a lot of different offenses from little league to high school. I have seen a lot of different plays and sets."
This past Friday was Abbington's first trip this winter/spring. He says that there are two more visits set up over the coming weeks and a third school wants him to visit, but nothing is planned to see that school yet.
"Arkansas was my first visit. I know that I am going down to Missouri either this weekend or next weekend. Nebraska's junior day is March 3rd and I know that I am going there. Illinois wants me to visit as well."
Abbington is intrigued about Nebraska's dedication in their offense to run the football. He is interested in getting a clearer picture about the running back position on his visit because he would like to play right away at the school he chooses.
"Nebraska runs the football a lot and I want to see where I fit in or if I even would get a chance to play my freshman year. I want to get in and make an impact right away when I get to college. Coach John Garrison is the coach that is recruiting me from Nebraska."