TE Names Early Favorites

Chris Bassler, an athletic tight-end prospect from Francis Scott Key High School in Maryland, lists his favorites. Are the Nittany Lions on his short list?

Name: Chris Bassler
Position: TE, LB
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 245 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8
School: Francis Scott Key High School, Union Bridge, MD

Last year, Chris made 22 catches for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense, he made 91 tackles and 1 interception.

"They're moving me back to tight-end full time this year," Chris said, "so we should be able to smash the ball."

Chris also starts at linebacker and is the captain of the defense.  His will most likely play tight-end in college.

"That's what everybody's saying so far."

Chris is a multi-faceted tight-end prospect.

"I'm probably a better blocker, I'm better at that, but I'm good at going out and catching the balls.  I caught 22 balls last year so I must be doing something right."

He added some weight over the last few months.

"I put about 10 pounds on.  I've been busting my butt in the weight room."

Chris recently attended a combine which took place on the campus of The University of Maryland.

"It was a Super 100 Combine and it was run by the Maryland Coaches Association.  My 40-time was a little slow because I sprained my ankle about a month ago and that was about the first time I was able to run.  I'm still not at full speed.  I usually run a 4.8.

"I was slower than I usually am and that's probably going to hurt me a little bit, but they did this thing where they ran patterns and were throwing the ball around.  That was all videotaped and I did really well there, made a bunch of good catches, so that's probably going to help me."

Several top programs have expressed interest in the athletic big man.

"I don't have any offers.  I talked to a bunch of schools and they all kind of told me that they want to see me down in camp in person and put me through their workouts.

"I'm going to Maryland, Penn State and Virginia.  They've all told me that want me to come in and do their workouts.  I'm going down to West Virginia for a day.  I'm going to Cincinnati for a day.  I get mail from Ohio State, Michigan State and a bunch of small schools."

Bassler will attend camps this summer at Maryland, Penn State and Virginia.

"They're kind of my top 3 right now.  Those 3 and West Virginia are my top 4.

"The West Virginia coach didn't know anything about me until he got an early commit from a kid from Frederick.  The Frederick coach said he told him about me.  [Last week] was really the first time I even heard anything from him.  He told me that he wanted me to come down and to look at my film.  He said he's pretty excited about it.

"The Maryland tight-end coach told me that he knows I'm athletic, he knows I can run and he knows I can catch, but he wants to see me block in person.

"My coach told me that if all they're worried about is me blocking then I'll be all right."

Coach Larry Johnson is recruiting Chris for Penn State.

"I went up there a couple of times a month or two ago when they had spring ball.  I went to a junior day then I went back for a visit to watch one of their practices. They were having a little intra-squad scrimmage in the stadium so that was pretty cool.  It was about a week before the Blue-White game.

"I like Penn State, I always have.  When I was a little kid, I used to watch Lavar Arrington play.  Everytime he was on TV, I was glued to it.  They'll be all right, Paterno will turn it around."

It seems as though Maryland and Virginia are the teams to beat.

"My dad works at Maryland.  I'm a Maryland kid.  I'm a big Maryland basketball fan too."

"I'd have to say right now, it's Maryland and Virginia.  They're even.  I really liked Virginia when I went down there.  Those two are probably my top two."

He's taken a visit to Virginia and several to Maryland and had a chance to speak with both Coach Groh and Coach Friedgen.

"I'm just taking everything in and trying to make the best decision for me."

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