Willingham recently visited the Anastasio home. "It went great. He stayed for a few hours and we talked about the program and where I fit in. We had a great visit. He told me that it was an opportunity of a lifetime and I agree with him."
Talking to the Anastasio parents, I can tell they are kind of partial to Willingham and ND at this point. I asked Chase if he agreed. "They like all the coaches a great deal but I think Willingham has the edge here and the school too. They have been very good though and only offering advice when I need it. They will let me make the decision for me."
Where does Chase sit right now? "Well, I have made it this far so I might as well continue on. I am going to take my visits and then sit down with my family and try to come up with decision."
Anastasio was being recruited as a defensive back by Notre Dame earlier in the process but it appears that has changed. "They are recruiting me as a wide receiver. I met him on my visit and I really liked him a lot. He came to my house the very next day and I really got to know him. I get along with him very well. We have a real good relationship and I feel real comfortable with him. He offered me no promises. Just the opportunity to get on the field."
Chase has also had a Virginia coach in (Golden) this week. "That went well. They aren't for sure where they are going to recruit me. They say as an athlete but I will probably end up on defense at free saftey there." Chase also has Coach Beemer coming next Thursday and Coach Groh coming next Monday or Tuesday.
Anastsio doesn't really have a preference aso to which position he would like to play. "Where I can get on the field is where I want to play. I like hitting people on defense but I also like the ball in my hands. I just want to get on the field. " Va Tech is also recruiting hime as a wide receiver.
When will Anastasio decide? "Sometime in late January. If I can't do it by then it will probably be on signing da.y I will probably have the coaches in one more time after my Va Tech visit and listen one more time to what they have to say and then try to decide." Does he have a leader? "No, I really couldn't name one yet."
Comments. I think this will be a close race between Notre Dame and Virginia but Coach Beemer is a good recruiter. Having the family in Notre Dame's corner has to help. I do expect a very close race.