February 15, 2010
Is a decision close for Farris?
Elyria (Ohio) defensive lineman Chase Farris burst onto the scene quickly for recruiting fans but it doesn't seem as if the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder will be on the board as an uncommitted prospect for too long after receiving an Ohio State offer less than a week ago.
The defensive end prospect already holds a total of five offers and has several other schools in hot pursuit but it seems as if a Buckeye commitment could be coming sooner rather than later if Farris decides that his future would be best served in Columbus (Ohio).
"If I do end up committing (to Ohio State) it will likely be in the next week or two," Farris said.
In the class of 2010 there was a disproportionate number of players in state who didn't have life-long ties to the state of Ohio but that seems to be different for the class of 2011 and for Farris the thought of playing for the Buckeyes has been a dream for quite some time.
"When you are raised in Ohio you have that dream of playing on that big stage at Ohio State and I think it is bred into everybody that is raised in Ohio," Farris said. "Playing for Ohio State is just about everyone in Ohio's dream."
Farris admits that his choice for a college will not be his decision alone and that he will rely on his family's input when it comes down to finding that destination and not all of it will just be based on what is offered on the college gridiron.
"Ultimately it comes down to what my mom thinks is the best choice for my academics," Farris said. "And for what programs the school offers when I go to college."
Ohio State cornerback coach Taver Johnson has taken the lead in Farris' recruitment but that is solely based on the geography of the state of Ohio and with which coach covers which region. There won't be a single person out there that will mistake the big Elyria lineman as a candidate for the defensive backfield. But what position has Johnson talked to Farris about playing?
"That is really the only thing that I haven't had much of a chance to talk with Coach Johnson about yet," Farris said. "I think that I will probably end up calling him later on tonight and find out more."
Needless to say it will be on the defensive line and while most people would peg him to play more of the position made famous by Cameron Heyward on the one end Farris also feels that he has some of the tools that have made players coming off of the other edge at the LEO successful as well.
"I think I can mix both of those up because I have nice speed and I am pretty strong as well," Farris said. "I think I can put them together out there."
Ohio State's two commitments for the class of 2011 are both on the defensive line and Farris would make a third if/when he commits. Farris has not had any prolonged conversations with either of the future Buckeyes but has come into contact with one of the two Ohio State commits.
"I got to meet Kenny Hayes during the first game of the season last year against Navy," Farris said. "I didn't get a chance to speak with him but I saw him at the game."
And Ohio State fans hope that it won't be much longer before the three defensive linemen will all have something in common and will all be talking about their futures in the Scarlet and Gray.
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