Irish visit 3-star linebacker
Chase Pine’s recruitment took off after he switched from quarterback to defense.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Va., now has offers from Buffalo, California, Georgia, Marshall, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Toledo, West Virginia and Wake Forest. Interest has come from several other programs, including Notre Dame.
Irish assistant Scott Booker visited Lafayette last week to check on the three-star prospect.
“He watched me lift in the weight room and we went outside and had some drills set up for us,” Pine said. “He watched my abilities and how my footwork was.”
Pine has also been in contact with Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and he plans to meet him face-to-face next month.
“I’ve been talking to him and he was saying how he wants to hear from coach Booker how I did and I’m going up to the Irish Invasion,” Pine said. “I got the invitation in the mail last week.”
Pine expects to arrive in South Bend on June 19 and he will leave the following day. He also plans to camp at West Virginia on June 14 and to visit N.C. State and North Carolina. He has already visited Virginia and Virginia Tech.
As a junior, Pine recorded 65 tackles, including 10 for a loss, six sacks and he forced two fumbles and picked off a pass.
Most schools are recruiting him as either an outside linebacker or defensive end.
He split time between both positions at Lafayette last season.
“They used me in different packages for outside linebacker and defensive end coming off the ball and rushing the quarterback,” he said. “I’m tall and lanky and have long arms and legs. I have good speed and I come off the ball and I’m a good tackler.”
Scout.com ranks Pine as the 82nd best linebacker in the nation and the second best at his position in Virginia.