Chase Beeler, OL, 6'3 ½, 276, 5.0, JENKS, OKLAHOMA:
Chase Beeler is one of the best players in Oklahoma and quite possibly the best offensive lineman in the state.
Beeler has been a mainstay on the offensive line of the Jenks Trojans, one of the top high school football programs in the country, since his high school career began.
As a true freshman, Beeler broke into the starting line-up the final four games of the season at left tackle and has been at that spot ever since. To be a three-plus year starter at Jenks tells just how talented Beeler is.
"I certainly have taken time out to recognize how important that is," said Beeler. "I certainly knew that it was something special my freshman year because I never expected to be in that position. It is a big jump from eighth grade football to the varsity. It was overwhelming at times.
"I have developed some great relationships with my teammates over the years and I have played with some of our guys for a long time. On top of that, I think that I have an advantage over some offensive linemen when it comes to my fundamentals and the little things of the game. I have been able to play a lot of snaps and it has made me a much better player."
Beeler can bench 442 pounds, squats 530 and he posted a 29.6 vertical jump. Beeler used to play baseball, but football now takes all of his time.
"I throw the shot in track, but to be honest football just sucks up all my time," said Beeler. "If you don't work at football year-round you get behind all the other guys, so you can't really afford to play other spots. I pretty much just concentrate on football."
Chase attended the OU summer camp and went to the Stanford combine. Beeler also attended the OU Red/White game.
At this point, he has been offered by 16 different schools and is working through the process of getting down to a top five.
"I would say that is my top five, and this list is constantly changing..." said Beeler. "...I would say it is something like Stanford (Dec), Northwestern, OU, OSU (9-3) and Florida State. Florid State hasn't offered me, but I am expecting them to any day. OU hasn't offered me either, but I am supposed to talk to Coach (Kelvin) Wilson tonight. At the OU camp, apparently they liked my performance and they have indicated that they are going to offer. I am just waiting to see if they do."
What are Beeler's thoughts on the Sooners?
"They are one of my top five schools, so they certainly have a shot," said Beeler. "The fact they are in-state certainly makes them attractive because it is fairly close to home and it would be easy for my family and friends to visit. I am still considering all five of my top five and OU is easily one of the schools that I am considering.
"I think they may be a little bit weaker at the position I play than they have been the last couple of years. Coach Wilson shared with me that he doesn't just throw offers around because in the past they have offered some players early and things didn't work out. He said he takes his time in some cases because he wants to make sure, but that he was pretty sure he was going to offer me."
Beeler has qualified and hopes to take his visits either early in the season or after the season.
RECRUITING: OU offer on the way for Jenks OL?
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