Missouri DL has Gamecock Offer

Rock Bridge Sr. HS (Columbia, MO) defensive line prospect Chase Rome is one of the top prospects in the state of Missouri. And the disruptive line prospect already has offers from most of the major programs in the Midwest. Rome is originally from Florida and also has offers from the Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Read inside as GamecockAnthem.com has the full update.

It's not very often that the South Carolina Gamecocks recruit prospects of any caliber from Missouri, much less become a real factor with one. But they have managed to do both with Columbia, MO defensive line prospect Chase Rome, one of the top prospects in the Show-me State.

Rome has a connection to South Carolina that has the Gamecocks in the ballgame with the lineman from the Midwest.

"My coach played with Jay Graham, who's the running backs coach, for a little bit," Rome said. "So, he just got out there I think, and kind of pushed them through a little bit."

Graham is also the recruiter of record for the 6-3, 275 pound prospect.

"He's a cool guy; he's really high energy," he says. "But we get along."

Rome has never visited South Carolina, but does plan a trip to check out one of the Gamecocks' spring practice. He had positive things to say about the USC program.

"The campus is great, or appears to be. The program with Spurrier," he said. "Just the tradition they have of being one of those consistent SEC contenders. And I like the fact that (the SEC) signed the however many $Billion deal with ESPN."

Some programs are recruiting Rome as a defensive tackle and others as an end. The Gamecocks are recruiting the Rock Bridge HS standout as an end.

"I like South Carolina a lot," he says. "I sent some film out there. You can't go wrong with being a Gamecock."

Other than South Carolina, Rome also claims offers from Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

He says he is looking at Florida, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Missouri, Oklahoma State and South Carolina the hardest.

Rome gave his thoughts on some of those programs.

Florida: "It's business. It's win or nothing, you know? You can't go wrong with a program like that."

Oklahoma: "It's a killer program; I think I would fit in there well. Just the style of play that Dvoracek and McCoy and those guys [brought in]. I think I'd do well."

Southern Cal: "We sent film out there this week again, because they had a change at defensive line coach and we didn't know how they handled that. So we're just waiting to hear back. I like going out and having to compete for your spot everyday. Everyday there's a winner and a loser. I like their strength and conditioning."

Oklahoma State: "Great facilities. My dad went to high school with the guy that is recruiting me there, so that's a big advantage."

Rome has already visited Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State . He plans trips to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina this spring.

The talented lineman plans to graduate early and wants to have a decision made by the start of his senior season.

Rome led the state of Missouri in tackles for defensive ends with 77. He added 4 sacks and 4 fumbles recoveries. Rome gave his thoughts on his style of play.

"Relentless. I go as hard as possible every play, no matter what the score. Fast. And just destructive."

Rome says three major factors will go into his final decision.

"Tradition, strength of schedule and then obviously how I connect with the coaching staff and the players."

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