Return Trip

Memphis, Tenn., defensive end Chase Robison has often visited Ole Miss over the last few months. He did again Wednesday.

The reason for the visit was simple. Robison and the Ole Miss coaching staff have built a strong relationship. But despite his interest in Ole Miss, and its interest in him, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end is without a scholarship offer.

"It was awesome. I've seen the facilities before; they're amazing," Robison said. "Got to meet (Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt and see him. He's awesome. I just got to hang out. It was a good experience.

"I felt like there was a lot of love. They were showing a lot of interest in me. It was good."

Ole Miss laid out a fairly cut and dry scenario for Robison to earn that elusive offer.

He is scheduled to participate in the Rebels' one-day senior camp Saturday. And he needs to perform. A few of the top defensive ends not only in Mississippi but the nation, including Aberdeen's Channing Ward, will also be taking part.

Chase Robison
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"Where I stand, it all depends on how I perform in this camp (Saturday). I guess they'll compare me to, like, Channing Ward and those guys -- those five-star defensive ends," he said.

"There's going to be two of the best defensive ends in the country there. I've had this camp marked on my calendar since the beginning of the year. I've got something to prove. I'm ready to show up and play the game."

Robison recently camped at Arkansas for its elite camp. "I was one of the best defensive ends there," he said.

However, like Ole Miss, the Razorbacks have yet to extend an offer, though they're certainly showing interest and evaluating him.

Robison holds offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee and North Texas.

"Ole Miss and Arkansas are the top two I'd like to get an offer from," Robison said. "Louisiana-Lafayette, I was very impressed with that school, and the campus and the people and Coach (Mark) Hudspeth. My dad played at Arkansas State, so I grew up hanging around Arkansas State."

His decision could come at any time, but will likely happen during his senior season at Christian Brothers, where Robison totaled 48 tackles, nine tackles loss and five sacks as a junior last season. He just isn't sure yet.

"Somewhere after my third game, so mid-fall or early fall," he said. "Those first three games, I'll probably just send out tape. I know coaches are just waiting to come see me play to make a final decision. Sometime around mid-season, but I'm really not sure."

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