Rome switches commitment

Defensive tackle Chase Rome was a Cowboy commit when he visited the Huskers two weeks ago. And now he's a Husker, following another visit to see Nebraska, but down in Columbia. And after the climactic, but ultimately defensive battle between the Huskers and Tigers, where it was a defensive tackle who stood supreme, the Huskers picked up another DT the very next day.

Following a report by the "Missourian", which quoted Missouri prep-star defensive end Chase Rome's father, Wade, where he said his son switched his commitment from the Cowboys to the Huskers, we sent Chase a text message just so we could hear, or in this case, see it for ourselves. When we asked Chase if he did indeed go from being a commit to Oklahoma State to being the latest member of the Husker class of 2010, he replied simply:

"Yes I did. Damn proud of it."

As for the reasons why Chase changed his mind, his father cited the academics and the relationship between his son and Nebraska was one of the chief reasons. "There were a multitude of reasons (for the switch)," Chase's father told the Missourians' Daniel Paulling. "Nebraska is strong academically, and they've been sending linemen to the NFL for a long time. They've built a steady relationship with him. Oklahoma State is a hell of a program, but he just felt that was a better place. It's about the next four years and the next 40."

The decision came just a day after Nebraska went into Columbia amidst a deluge and in what was ultimately a defensive battle where Nebraska's defense led by senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, was in a groove against the sophomore quarterback, Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert had no previously thrown an interception during this year, throwing 11 balls for touchdowns. But in two straight passes he was intercepted first by Suh and then by defensive back Dejon Gomes.

That was only part of Nebraka's own deluge, which amounted to be 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Ironically, the same number of points Missouri put on Nebraska in 2003 when Head Coach Bo Pelini was then the Husker Defensive Coordinator.

We wondered if all the national love of Suh might make an impact on defensive tackle recruiting around the country. While we know Rome's decision wasn't based on Suh alone, any prep recruit would have to look at what Suh has done under this particular coaching staff, which is miles away from anything he did prior, and make what to some would be an easy connection.

Rome is the 23rd ranked defensive end in the country by Scout.com, but is looked at by Nebraska as a hybrid, having the potential to play either inside or out. He's the ninth member of the class of 2010.

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