Chase Rome, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end from Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Mo., burst on to the national recruiting scene in the past few weeks after colleges and recruiting fans started stumbling across his website.
"My dad built it," Rome said about his website. "I helped him, but he is good with all of the codes and that kind of stuff."
"I would not really say it helped jump start it (his recruitment), but after the films start going out it helped because if they misplace the film or something you can just say go check out whatever your website is and they can sit down and watch it right then. If they are interested you can just send them the full film right then."
Rome admits his blue-collar work ethic is one of the reasons he has started to reel in major scholarship offers.
"I am fast. I don't quit and I am as hard-nosed as I can be. I try to play with the how dare you try to block me mentality, so to speak. I never, ever, ever give up," Rome stated.
"I think the USC strength and conditioning coach said it best when he said ‘ the weight room is a facilitator to movements'. It really is. If you can lift and stay moving and everything else then you can be more effective."
"Right now I have offers from Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina, Kansas State, and Wisconsin and I have been hearing from everybody," Rome continued. "My top three are probably USC, Florida, and Oklahoma."
Rome went on to break down what made those three schools jump to the top of his list.
USC – "It is just a dynasty. I think a lot of people play to their level of competition and I think if you are put in the position to compete against the best players all of the time you got nowhere to go but up as long as you come out and bring it everyday.
Florida – "I am originally from Florida, the Ft. Lauderdale area. I have only been living in Missouri for about three or four years, so that is obviously a huge component. But they are a bunch of hard working athletes. I think they outwork everybody. Being in the SEC and having rivalries with LSU and Georgia like they do definitely gets them up there."
Oklahoma – "I like the D-line coach, coach (Jackie Shipp). He is a great, great guy. He is very straightforward. He is not going to baby talk me. He is going to come right out and say what he wants me to do, what he likes about me, and what I need to work on. I think everyone who goes there just develops so tremendously. They get guys ready for the pros so well. They are just another great program with a bunch of hard working dudes."
Rome says that he will not likely commit to a school on the spur of the moment, as he will at least like to spend some time on campus first. But he will approach the process with some vigor as he is set to enroll in college next January.
"It is going to be a little bit of both," Rome responded when asked if he would attack the process or play it more laid back.
"I am graduating December of this year, so obviously there is a time crunch. But I am not going to commit or sign until I am 125 percent sure that is where I want to be. I will not just commit to any school without going there and have met the players and the coaching staff, seen the facilities, seen the campus, and bought in to what they are doing."
Rome has current plans to visit Kansas (today), Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and South Carolina this spring.
2008 Stats: As a junior, Rome racked up a 77 tackles, four sacks, and recovered four fumbles to earn All-State and All-District honors.