Recruiting: Rome Wants To Make History

Chase Rome spent part of last week on an unofficial visit to Florida where he was able to visit with Gators head coach Urban Meyer. But upon returning to his home in Columbia, Mo., the nation's 27th-best defensive end prospect decided he wanted to be more than just a part of history. That's why the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Rome said he gave a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State on Sunday.

"I committed to Oklahoma State," Rome said Monday afternoon from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo. "I graduate in December, and I looked at all the schools that had offered me. I've been everywhere and as far as facilities and coaching and their approach, I think that Oklahoma State is the best place for me."

Rome said he plans to enroll at Oklahoma State for the spring semester in 2010.

He has offers from Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State, but decided that playing for the Cowboys was better than playing for the national champion Gators, even after spending a few days in Gainesville last week.

"You can either be a part of history or make history, and I think Oklahoma State is getting ready to do just that," said the articulate Rome, who had a 3.0 grade-point average and has a 23 ACT score.

"I'm going to do my part to get other top recruits in the nation to come to Oklahoma State with me, and I'm going to tell other recruits that haven't looked at them that we're legit. If I can help get some other recruits in there, and they buy in, we can compete for national championships just like Florida," he added.

When asked to describe himself as a player for those Cowboy fans who have yet to see him play, Rome said, "I'm hard nosed, and I do the best I can on every down, I don't care what the score is. I bring a lot of enthusiasm to the game, and hopefully that carries over to my teammates."

Rome had 77 total tackles last season with 46 unassisted, four sacks and four fumbles recovered.

But why should Oklahoma State fans believe that a commitment in March is solid, especially with schools like Florida, Wisconsin and South Carolina making offers?

"I've been everywhere. Oklahoma State is the place for me, and like I said I want to get other kids there," he said. "You can put my e-mail address on this article if you want (we won't, but we will direct you to his Web site: I want them to e-mail me and I'll tell them about my experiences, and why I chose Oklahoma State.

"There's nowhere else I'd rather be. It's got great facilities, great boosters, great team, great coaches, great players and they're up and coming. Going 9-3 in the Big 12 South is not easy, and they're all young. I think it's fertile grounds that are getting ready to explode."

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