"It went really good," Steven Chase said of his official visit this past weekend. "I committed today," Chase said on Monday afternoon. "Me and my parents were talking and I just decided Wake was the right place and I should go ahead and do it."
Chase, who had visited Wake Forest this past summer, felt comfortable with every aspect of Wake Forest on his visit this weekend as well. "I'd been to their campus," Chase said. "Last spring, I went on a whirlwind tour of a bunch of schools. This weekend, we got on the campus, we went on an hour and a half tour and saw all the coaches. They're great people. Coach Grobe, he turned down a million dollar a year raise at Arkansas to stay. You can't measure that."
Chase also got a chance to meet players and recruits in addition to coaches during his visit. "I met a lot of the players," he noted. "I met some of the guys like Andrew Parker, Ted Stachitas, Riley Haynes, and Terrence [Davis] who is committed to Wake already. I hung with Riley Skinner some but my host was Ryan Britt."
Prior to committing to Wake Forest, Chase had offers from schools such as Delaware, Richmond, Villanova, and others and Penn State was close to offering. "I had a lot of schools that were saying I was slow at tight end where I was originally looked at and I was recruited late by a lot who were saying if I went to prep school, I would have an offer. Penn State said they offer would on an official visit I had set up next week."
The Deacs were the first major D-I school to the trigger, however. "They actually didn't truly offer until this weekend but Coach Billings came to my school twice. He said they were going to offer and then this weekend it came out of Coach Grobe's mouth."
"It felt really good," Chase said of his commitment to the coaches. "During football season, I spent two hours a night on the phone with coaches and not knowing where to go and being confused. I thought about it and now I've said this is where I want to be."
With great size, Chase could play a host of positions at the next level. They've said I could play tight end, offensive line, or defensive line," Chase said. "I'll just workout and see how my body develops."
According to Chase, he will take a grayshirt offer from Wake Forest and will arrive in Winston-Salem January 2009. "They gave me the grayshirt opportunity and I just wanted to take it. I turned 17 so it's not that I'm not a good ball player but because of age that I'm going to go next year. It will get me some time to develop and get bigger, faster, and stronger."