Recruiting: Rome Happy After Georgia Win

One thing is certain, defensive end Chase Rome of Columbia (Rock Bridge), Mo., is validating all the recruiting hype that was thrown his way as he starts his senior season. Rock Bridge is 1-1 on the season with a win at Lee's Summit North and a hard fought loss to defending state champion Hazelwood Central this past week.

"It was a dogfight," said Rome of the game with Hazelwood Central. "It was 17-14 at halftime and then in the third quarter we made some mistakes that you can't make against a state championship caliber team and we got beat.

"I'm having a good season. I had nine tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles in the first game (Lee's Summit North) and then I had eight tackles and a sack against Hazelwood Central. This week we play McCluer North."

While we were talking to Rome on Sunday afternoon he mentioned that he was still in Stillwater and was shopping in a store near Eskimo Joe's as they were waiting to have lunch before going back later Sunday to Columbia.

"It was incredible, wasn't it?" said the big 6-3, 280-pound defensive end. "I did base a lot of my decision (to commit) on Bill Young as a defensive coach, and no kidding, there were a lot of people in that stadium that know he can coach.

"I enjoyed the game but I couldn't help watching it and seeing myself out there. The defensive line played great against a Georgia team that has a really good offensive line," Rome added.

Rome said he was aware of the latest Oklahoma State defensive line commitment in defensive end Joe Okafor from Houston (Bellaire).

"Yes, I know him and remember him from the spring game (at OSU)," said Rome. "It (OSU commitment list) really is a good defensive line recruiting class."

Rome was in town for the game on an unofficial visit but he was here with his whole family.

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