"The fact that I looked better yet I'm bigger makes me feel good," he continued. "It's been a lot of work and working out. I'm keeping busy."
Chase has also maintained contacts with a host of current Demon Deacon players and has been to Winston-Salem to visit in recent weeks. Chase visited Wake Forest during training camp, the game against Clemson, and is slated to attend Wake Forest's game at Maryland this weekend.
Chase's visit to Wake Forest during the preseason renewed his excitement in the Demon Deacon program and helped to motivate him to work harder in preparation for his time at Wake. "I went down for the practice and scrimmage and I was right there as if I was a player, I just couldn't practice. That assured me that was the place I wanted to go. I got home and people said I was more energized."
"I basically talk to all the guys down in 2008," Chase said. "I also talk to [Michael] Campanaro quite a bit. Me and him talked about him maybe graduating in January too so maybe that will happen."
Chase also has a teammate who has interest from Wake Forest and is expected to be one of the best 2010 prospects in the state. "Nick Forbes, our linebacker, he's a player," Chase said. "He's 2010 and has offers from pretty much everyone. Coach Billings said once he calls Coach Grobe, it's there. That's when the offer will come from Wake."
Chase hopes to bring Forbes on a visit to Wake Forest and believes the Demon Deacons have a legitimate shot at the big-time linebacker. "I think Wake does [have a chance] because he's a very smart student. He has something like a 3.8 GPA. He understands the value of an education and his mom talks about that with me. She wants him to go to a good school."