Badgers Hoping to Continue Missouri Pipeline

After Wisconsin got two of the best players from the St. Louis area for the Class of 2009, the Badgers and defensive coordinator Dave Doeren are heading deeper into Missouri to recruit standout defensive end Chase Rome.

Seeing his recruiting take off since signing day for the class of 2009, 2010 defensive lineman Chase Rome continues to see his mailbox become stuffed with offers. When you see the numbers he put up for Rock Bridge Senior H.S. (Columbia, MO), it's really no surprise to see his recruiting stock spike.

As a junior, Rome registered 77 tackles, four sacks and recovered four fumbles to earn All-State and All-District honors.

While the recent activity in his recruiting has increased, Rome remains focused on football and his future, two things that will only come if he continues to push himself.

"I'm a hard worker," Rome said. "I will outwork everyone and I can bring leadership to the team."

Rome currently has offers from Iowa (who offered today) Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

However, the interest in Rome doesn't stop there, as other suitors include the defending National Champion, Florida Gators. Said Rome: "Florida has asked for my transcripts and have contacted me to get more information."

He has not narrowed down his list of schools, but is going to look more closely at a few schools around the country. "I am just looking at all of the schools that have offered so far. I will go through each one of them to check them out."

For Wisconsin, who was the first school to offer Rome, Defensive Coordinator Dave Doeren has headed up the recruitment of Rome. But just like the Badgers approach with other high-profile players in the 2009 class, recruiting Rome is a team effort, as defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has also spent time recruiting Rome.

"I talk to them about once a week," Rome said about the Badger coaches. "Coach Doeren is a really good guy."

While his summer plans do not include any camps, Rome plans to visit many of the schools that have offered and even has unofficial visits set for this weekend.

"I'm going to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma this weekend," he said. "I will be headed to Wisconsin for their spring game on April 18."

Rome also wants to visit South Carolina, Kansas, and the other schools that have offered to see what each school has to offer. With location not being an issue, Rome's main focus is go to a school with sound tradition, play with good, personable teammates and solid coaches. All of those mean to Rome that he is open to go to college anywhere and wants to go to a place where he'll have success.

As for a decision, he said, "I am going to graduate in December, so I want to make a decision before my season."

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