Ft. Zumwalt (MO) South RB Chase Abbington 6'3"210 4.4 forty, played through a senior season filled with injury, including a separated shoulder and a high ankle sprain.
Those injuries kept him from having the year he had hoped to on the field, but he still did well enough to be named 3rd team All-State at Athlete after rushing for almost 1,000 yard and 13 TDs and recording 50 tackles.
Abbington is ready to move on to his college career and the long time Missouri Tigers commit took his official visit to Mizzou this past weekend. He filled ShowMeMizzou.com in on how things went.
"The visit was awesome! A real eye opener for me," said Abbington."Mizzou really is a family. The highlight was really the whole trip for me. Michael Scherer was my host, but I hung out with a lot of the team. Marcus Golden, Henry Josey,Marcus Lucas,L'Damian Washington, Torey Boozer, Corbin Berkstresser...I'm sure I am leaving a lot of names out. I had the greatest time of my life! Mizzou is my home and thats where I'm staying."
The last part about staying was a reference to LSU talking to Chase to try and get him to flip to them.
I asked Chase if the Tiger coaches talked to him about how he fit in to the offense and would be used in the Missouri offense?
"Yes they did. They said I'm a versatile back so we will run a number different plays and formations to utilize my skills and abilities,"he said."I was 216 going into this season and I was lifting pretty hard, but after I got hurt I lost it all, I'm 201 right now. The Tiger coaches said I'd be about 225-230 pounds and running even faster then I am now."
Abbington wasn't the only official visitor over the weekend at Missouri. Alief (TX) Taylor DE Ogbonnia Okoronwu 6'3" 225 was also on his official visit. I wondered if Chase and Obo hit it off and if Chase had a feeling about of Okoronwu was seriously considering the Tigers?
"Yeah, we did. We got along really well. We are gonna hang out when I go down to Texas for the All-American game. And yeah, I think he really likes Mizzou and is thinking hard about it," said Abbington.