Editorial: Rome Is A Destination For OSU

This may be a first, an editorial on our pages over the commitment of a single player. I guess you could consider the rating of recruiting prospects and the rating of school's recruiting classes editorial material. It is opinion, which is the very definition of an editorial. That said, Chase Rome committing to Oklahoma State is worth an editorial because it shows where Cowboy football is heading.

Rome is one of the most tradition-rich cities in the world. It reeks of history and events that shaped the world.

It is because of recent history and connections that Oklahoma State landed a verbal pledge from Rome. Rome's father, a former wrestler at Illinois and a trainer and teacher of competitive fighters, played high school football in Florida with Oklahoma State associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest.

That tie-in helped but a strong connection to OSU strength and conditioning coordinator Rob Glass and the new facilities being completed in the west end zone showing the OSU commitment to football made a difference, Rome said.

Rome said that instead of being a part of history that he wanted to make history, and that says it all about the 6-3, 280-pound young man. By turning down the likes of Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Iowa, and hometown Missouri among many others, Rome is speaking volumes about where Oklahoma State football is going.

Rome represents the most difficult type of athlete to find in recruiting. He is a big player with great strength (380-pound bench, 535-pound squat, and 32-inch vertical jump) and great speed (4.75 in the forty). His stats are excellent with 41 unassisted tackles and 77 tackles in total along with 4 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries for a defensive lineman. He was All-State as a junior and is on every big-time recruiting list available.

Rome is the type of athlete only schools like Florida, Texas, LSU, and USC have been able to stockpile. His presence at Oklahoma State will make a concerted difference in the Cowboys defense. The fact that he sees the potential in Oklahoma State football the way they and others see the potential in him says Oklahoma State is getting very close.

Chase Rome represents a major step for the Cowboys in recruiting, attracting a premier defensive lineman. It's a step Cowboy fans should take note of, and if all potential is realized, a step they should get ready to enjoy.

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