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Elizabeth-Forward DE/TE Chase Whatton is heading to Bowling Green @ChaseWhatton @Coach_Collodi @EFWarriors

Written by: on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

 

It feels like Chase Whatton’s recruiting trip has been a long one, but it really hasn’t if you count 12 years as long.  It started when he was in fifth grade. Then it heated up in February with his first D1 offer that came from Buffalo. That one offer opened the flood gates and all told the 6’4, 245 pound Whatton ended up with 31 offers, and his offer sheet is as impressive as his play:

Buffalo, Toledo, UMass, UPenn, , Army, Yale, Ball St, Akron, Harvard, Cornell, Lehigh William & Mary, Princeton, Fordham, Youngstown ST, Holy Cross, JMU, New Hampshire, Albany, Duquesne, Richmond, Dartmouth, Brown, FIU, Bryant, Air Force, Western Michigan, Delaware, Navy, Colgate

Today he whittled it down to one, Bowling Green. He made his announcement on twitter:


We caught up with Chase to ask him about his process:

 

PFN: How long have you played football?

Chase: Since 5th Grade

PFN: Why did you choose to commit to the Falcons?

Chase: It just felt right and they’ve been talking to me heavily since the beginning. It always feels amazing to be wanted.

PFN: Why commit to them?

Chase: They were my 5th offer. Their coaching staff has shown the love since day 1. I’m a priority at Bowling Green and I want to go where I am wanted.

PFN: Who was your biggest influence at Bowling Green, who recruited you?

Chase: Coach Loeffler (Head Coach) and Coach Campenni (D-line Coach)

PFN: What are they getting in player like you?

Chase: I believe I’m a very special player. I come with toughness, discipline, and respect. I believe I’m also a great football player and can provide BGSU with great things.

PFN: What was the recruiting process like for you?

Chase: It was definitely long, but very rewarding and I’m so happy that I got to do this. God blessed me with amazing opportunities and I’m so blessed to be in this position.

PFN: How did the Covid 19 pandemic affect your decision?

Chase: It definitely hurt with recruiting being a dead period. There were no camps or in-person visits that I could attend.

PFN: What position were you recruited for?

Chase: Defensive End and Tight End

PFN: Do you know what you’d like to study?

Chase: Business Management

PFN: What role did your parents play in your decision?

Chase: My mom has definitely played a huge role and of course my dad also has, but being a boy, you’re always going to be a mommas boy. She let me make my own decisions and tried to help every step of the way.

PFN: What do you think is the most exciting thing about the Bowling Green program?

Chase: There are new coaches for the football team and they want to change the program around. I can’t wait to be a huge part of it.

PFN: What are you most looking forward to while playing for the Falcons?

Chase: I can’t wait to go play big FBS Division 1 football. The opportunities this provides for me will be out of this world especially if I work my butt off.

PFN: Tell everyone out there in the football world something they’d never know about you until you told them:

Chase: For a few years, I took ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and acro at a Dance studio near my house.

PFN: Who is the person who most influenced you in your football career?

Chase: I would definitely have to give a huge thanks to two of my best friend’s fathers Mr. Dennis Murphy and Mr. Marc Mrvos. They are the ones who convinced my mom and grandma into letting me play football. I would also like to thank my head coach Mike Collodi for everything he has done for me. He’s changed my position and my life at the same time.

PFN: What is it you’d like all your high school teammates and fans to know about your decision that you might have a hard time saying in person?

Chase: It’s not about you or your opinions. It’s my choice and I know what I can one day do with it.

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