With the commitment of stud quarterback Matt Corral on Saturday, Florida coach Jim McElwain probably could not have been any happier with the way his weekend was going.
On Sunday, his weekend got even better when Class of 2018 4-star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase decided to end his recruitment and give a verbal pledge to the Gators. Suffice to say, Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp this weekend was a rousing success.
Chase took to Twitter to announce his decision.
He chose the Gators over heavy interest from TCU and LSU. In fact, it was reported he was all set to announce for TCU on the NFL Network earlier in the month until there was a scheduling conflict. Chase also had high-major offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma State and Tennessee among others.
Like Corral, Chase got a family vibe during his visit to Gainesville. More on how he bonded with the Florida coaching staff via Zach Abolverdi of SECCountry.com:
Chase attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights and wanted to get closer with UF coach Jim McElwain and assistants Kerry Dixon II and Tim Skipper.
“I like all of them,” Chase told SEC Country after Friday’s visit. “They’re just good people, they treat me like family and they say I’d be a great fit. … I always want to come back here. Great coaching staff, great football team, SEC, it’s a great place to be.”
Chase, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver from Metairie, La., (Archbishop Rummel High School) is rated as a 4-star recruit, according to 247 Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 103 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the 21st-best wide receiver in the country. 247 Sports also regards Chase as the fourth-best football player in the Bayou State.
Chase is the ultimate competitor.
You would be hard-pressed to find a harder worker than Chase. He is an excellent route runner with quick moves on his cuts. With above-average speed and a chiseled body, he can out-quick and outmuscle defenders. Chase has as good a set of hands as any receiver on the high school level and can catch just about any ball thrown his way due to his superb leaping ability.
Chase is now the sixth recruit to pledge his allegiance to the Gators in the span of five days, and the fourth of the 4-star variety. The recent pledges have vaulted McElwain’s 2018 class up to 12th in 247 Sports recruiting rankings and third among SEC teams.
The combo of Corral and Chase is one to keep an eye on in the years to come.
There is a palpable buzz among the Florida faithful these days and McElwain is one of the biggest cheerleaders leading the charge. He has been very vocal this week on Twitter, expressing his feelings.
By picking Florida, Chase has all he needs to succeed. He has a great coaching staff behind him, he has an outstanding quarterback to throw him the ball and he will also play in arguably the toughest conference in the country in the SEC.
By the time his Florida career is done, don’t be surprised to see Chase hooking up with Corral in leading the Gators to future CFP appearances.