One of the exciting revelations to come out of the May evaluation period was Jenks (Okla.) offensive lineman Chase Beeler. He opened our eyes with his performance at the Stanford Nike Camp on a Saturday and the following day landed an offer from Walt Harris at Stanford's Junior Day. This cerebral road grader previously held offers from Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kansas, Utah and Navy, but he moved the Cardinal ahead of them all with his new offer.
Beeler told us then that he was eyeing a college commitment before the end of summer, to remove the stresses and strains of recruiting before beginning his high school senior season. With a perfect 4.0 GPA and a stellar 33 on the ACT, he looks to be a strong admissions candidate. A bigger hurdle in landing Beeler might be the in-state Oklahoma Sooners, who are a formidable recruiting foe for any battle, but certainly a forced to be feared inside their own borders. Oklahoma had yet to offer but brought the line prospect to their camp last week, where he was one of the standout performers - reportedly moving up the Sooners' recruiting board a good deal.
"I did really well," Beeler reports. "I played pretty much every position on the line, so I got a full view of the gamut. Like I've said before, I think at my size [6'4"] I'm going to be playing guard or center in college, and nobody every beat me inside at the camp. The only guy who gave me any trouble was when I played offensive tackle. There was a linebacker [Tony Thompson] from TSST in Tulsa who beat me in open space."
One of the most elite defensive tackles in America was in attendance at the camp, but Beeler didn't have the chance to lock arms with Gerald McCoy, who only visited in street clothes. The best defensive lineman at the camp was Irving (Tex.) Nimitz rush end Julius Howard, who made a name for himself at the camp but could not make his way past Beeler.
"The Oklahoma coaches liked my hand position and my footwork - my general fundamentals," the in-state standout OL says. "They complimented me and the Jenks coaching staff for the fundamentals I've learned. They said I have a strong base to build from."
Beeler and his family met with Sooner line coach Kevin Wilson afterward in front of the Switzer Center to discuss Oklahoma's reaction to his camp performance.
"They didn't offer," Beeler begins. "Coach Wilson said that he makes plenty of 25-second decisions on the football field, but they like to take their time to think through scholarship offers. He said he will probably get back to me in 10 to 15 days, which is coming up."
We should know soon enough if the Sooners stake their claim to Beeler with an offer, and the question undoubtedly that will be asked at that time - should the offer come - is if Oklahoma would unseat his current leader.
"Stanford is probably number one on my list right now because of the research I've done with academics and everything," he explains. "Realistically every school that has offered me - I'm looking at them. I'm keeping my options open, but I'm not necessarily looking to add more schools right now. I feel like since they have made the commitment and taken the time to offer and recruit me, I owe it to all of those schools to give them my full attention."
"If OU offered, they are somebody I would definitely look at very hard, but they would not immediately supercede Stanford," Beeler continues. "I wouldn't jump up and commit to Oklahoma right away if they offered me."
While the Jenks student-athlete awaits word from the Sooners, he remains proactive in his relationship with the Cardinal. Schools were allowed to call recruits in May, but the summer is a quiet period. The phone no longer rings, and recruits instead have to call coaches to initiate communications. Beeler tells The Bootleg that he called Stanford on Thursday and spoke with Darrell Patterson, Tom Freeman and Walt Harris.
"I wanted to give them an update on my summer and what my plans were," the recruit relates. "I wanted to let them know I was still really interested in Stanford. I asked them for an application; I want to apply to the school. They said it will come to me in the following week. I hope to get it all done in a week and a half to two weeks. I already have lined up my teachers for the recommendations."
With Beeler aiming to have his completed application back to The Farm by early July, he could set himself up with an admissions decision before the end of the summer. That indeed is the plan, with his timeline for a college commitment.
"Probably at the end of July to mid-August, I will put everything on the table and get this sorted out," he forecasts.
We will continue to keep tabs on Beeler, for both Oklahoma offer news as well as his Stanford admissions application status. Stay tuned for the latest on this premier student-athlete, who looks to be right at the top of Stanford's interior offensive line recruiting board for this 2006 class.
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