Recruiting: Rome Still Committed To OSU

Defensive end Chase Rome of Columbia (Rock Bridge), Mo., is one of the best players at his position in the nation, and while the 6-3, 285-pound standout committed early to Oklahoma State in the spring, he is determined to make sure he is doing the right thing.

This past weekend Rome was in Lincoln, Neb., to experience a junior day with the Huskers. It was the first school that Rome has checked out since making his pledge to Oklahoma State. He went to Nebraska with his parents, Wade and Kathlene.

"It was good, a lot of fun," started Rome as we asked for him to elaborate. "I sat down with Coach Papuchis and we talked about where I would play and how I would fit in with their defense. Besides coach, I also talked to Coach (Bo) Pelini and I ate with the players. It was a lot like any other junior day.

"My parents liked it," added Rome. "My dad liked the coaching staff and my mom was able to go on more of the things and she liked that."

Rome added that he would like to further investigate UCLA, Tennessee, and he has opened up a dialogue with Cal-Berkeley gauging their interest.

"I am still committed to Oklahoma State," replied Rome when asked of his status in recruiting.

When asked about a line attributed to him on the Internet that he needed to work some things out with Oklahoma State, he said that was true but it was not something he wanted to elaborate on with the media.

The focus now for Rome shifts to his senior season as he has this week off and then begins two-a-day practices next week. However, he said he might come to Stillwater or check out Tennessee before practice starts on Monday.

As a junior, Chase Rome racked up a 77 tackles, four sacks, and recovered four fumbles to earn All-State and All-District honors. Rome says he can bench press 380 pounds, squat 535 and claims a 32-inch vertical jump.

Rome's planning on majoring in sports management or advertising and reports a 3.0 core GPA and 23 ACT.

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