Maryland TE/LB Visits PSU

The athletic big-man recently attended a junior day at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are one of a few teams in which the talented junior is interested.

Name: Chris Bassler
Position: TE, LB, SE
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 232 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7
School: Francis Scott Key High School, Union Bridge, MD

Chris played all 10 games for Francis Scott Key High School last season, helping the Eagles to a 7-3 record.

"He plays inside linebacker and tight-end," Francis Scott Key Head Coach David Dolch said.  "He also played some spit-end for us."

According to Coach Dolch, Chris is primarily being recruited as a tight-end.

"I know college coaches have been impressed with his film as an inside linebacker as well.

"I think that he's more of a 'can't miss' prospect because he has the potential to play several positions in college.  He's played defensive-end. I came in here this year, it was my first year at head coach here, and played him at inside linebacker on defense.  He did very well, made the transition extremely well.

"We used him both at tight and split-end because of the personnel we had, we are a relatively small school.  He catches the ball well.  He has outstanding hands, so we can use him both as a tight end or split end because his speed is adequate even when you split him out."

Last year, Chris made 23 catches for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns.  On defense, he made 91 tackles and made 1 interception.

"He was All-Carroll County (1st Team) at tight-end as named by the Baltimore Sun.  He's been All-MVAL, 2nd Team, as a tight-end and linebacker.  He was 1st Team All-MVAL as a tight-end his sophomore year.  He's also All-Carroll County in basketball as a center.

"He's also been named to the Super 22 Team in Maryland by the Baltimore Touchdown Club."

Penn State is one of the teams interested in Chris.

"He has been to Syracuse, Penn State and the University of Maryland.  He has made no verbal commitments yet and has not been offered, or no commitments have been made, by any of those schools.

"He was impressed with all three of his visits.  I know he plans on attending some of the camps (this summer) for the schools that he's interested in, and, obviously so far, the interest has been very sincere from Penn State, Syracuse and Maryland.

"All of those three are very interested in him as well as the University of Virginia, the University of Cincinnatti and a host of Ivy League schools.  At this point, it's too early to tell."

Coach Dolch is unsure if Chris will attend the Nike Camp at Penn State on April 21.

"We have a state-wide combine that's coming up in April that's held at the University of Maryland by the Maryland Football Coaches Association.  I know he's going to that on April 28."

Penn State coach Larry Johnson has been in touch with Coach Dolch and has seen tape of Chris.

"They're very interested, that's why they invited him up to a junior day for one of their basketball games.

In addition to being a very talented player, Bassler is also a "very good student".

"First of all, I think he's one of the hardest working players at the high school that you could have.  He's a really diligent worker in the off-season, in the classroom and in the weightroom.  He's a leader on our football team.  He was captain of the team as a junior and he's been reelected as captain for his senior year as well.

"He's really a good, all-around athlete.  He has started at center for our basketball for three years."

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