Mudd waiting for offers

Maple Grove, Minn., linebacker wants to hear from two schools in particular

For Chase Mudd, the recruiting lull has begun. Camp season is over, high school and college practices are getting under way or are right around the corner and it is time, essentially, to wait.

This fall Mudd is making a switch from free safety to his likely college position, outside linebacker. He attended camps this summer at Nebraska, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Minnesota and the story was largely the same.

"I got positive feedback from pretty much every coach," Mudd said. "They just want to see me play my first game at linebacker since I'm making the transition."

Mudd and Minnesota are no longer considering each other, Mudd said, because the Gophers have already secured commitments from two players at his position: Jim Laurinaitis (Plymouth, Minn.) and Nate Triplett (Delano, Minn.).

In addition to his other camp destinations, though, Mudd is also considering Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Miami of Ohio and Akron.

"Probably between the first and second week of our season, all of the schools said that once they get my tapes they'll have a definite stand on where I'm at and whether a scholarship is available or not," Mudd said.

While Mudd is considering seven schools, there are two that he really wants to hear back from.

"I would say two that I'm hoping more than any are Wisconsin and Iowa State," Mudd said.

"Wisconsin, I think it's a nice campus," he explained. "The facilities are great. They've kind of been there since the beginning. I've gotten to know the coaches and like them a lot."

"Iowa State's reasonably close to home, it's a nice campus and it's in the Big 12."

Six of Mudd's suitors are recruiting him as an outside linebacker, with the exception of Western Michigan. The Broncos see Mudd as a strong safety.

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