Recruiting: Rome Solidifies Pledge To OSU

Defensive end Chase Rome of Columbia (Rock Bridge), Mo., has had Oklahoma State fans feeling a little uneasy lately. The four-star rated defensive end that has great size (6-2, 280) with linebacker speed (4.75) had said he had some issues with Oklahoma State, the school he committed to back in the spring sending OSU recruitniks into euphoria. That appears to be somewhat solved but football first.

Rome and his Rock Bridge teammates were in Jefferson City on Friday night for the Central Missouri edition of Jamboree night in the state. Rock Bridge scrimmaged crosstown rival Columbia Hickman, Jefferson City, and smaller class power Lebanon.

"It went well, really well," said Rome of the jamboree. "We beat everybody we played. We beat crosstown rival Hickman. We drove the ball deep on them at least three times and they couldn't move the ball on us.

"Jefferson City hit one deep pass but we drove it several times on them. We handled Lebanon too. They are from a smaller class and we won't see them at all in the season, but they are tough kids. They play really hard. I respect them a lot."

Rome said he was happy with his play and his contributions, which he said were limited because of opportunities.

"They didn't run the ball to my side very much," said Rome. "When they did a few times I was in on the tackle. I was getting to the quarterbacks, but the quarterbacks weren't live in the jamboree so you couldn't hit them. That changes next week."

Yes, it does and Rock Bridge will be on the road near Kansas City when they visit Lee's Summit North. They host the defending state champ the next week.

As for his recruiting situation, Rome said he "real sure, set on Oklahoma State." "It is a lot better," started the talented defensive end who is a preseason Super Prep All-American and is the fourth ranked player in the Midlands region in the new Super Prep Magazine.

"I told you I had issues with Oklahoma State. I've cleared those up. I feel like they did address what I needed to with them. I may look at Nebraska and UCLA, but I am real sure now, set on Oklahoma State."

Rome said he was excited by all the commitments coming in to Oklahoma State and he stays in touch with his recruiting coach Joe DeForest to find out what is happening in Cowboys recruiting.

"Calvin Barnett was a great commitment," said Rome. "I have not met him but I did meet Diamonte Wheeler when we were both up at Nebraska. I know of Barnett."

In fact, when Rome was told that he is 12th on the rankings and listings of defensive linemen and Barnett was 13th on that same list. "Wow, that's pretty good," said Rome.

Cowboy fans would say it sounds a lot better and they are glad to see the word soft disappear next to the word commitment on Rome's listings.

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