BEAVERTON, Ore. — Ja’Marr Chase is about 24 hours out from announcing his college plans.
LSU and TCU are the two teams in the mix for Louisiana’s No. 2-ranked wide receiver. With only hours separating Chase from his NFL Network commitment, the 4-star wide receiver believes he has settled on one.
“I woke up on it,” Chase told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon on Sunday. “I think I made a decision. I’m thinking about it now. It’s not too much on my mind; it’s just a school I’ve been thinking about going to, so I just have them in mind. For this morning, it’s the only school I’ve been thinking about.”
The decision is down to LSU and TCU. The Horned Frogs were among the first to offer the 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver from Archbishop Rummel (La.) High School. The Tigers offered this spring soon after Ed Orgeron took the full-time gig and hired Mickey Joseph as his wide receivers coach and New Orleans area recruiter.
The Tigers have had to come from behind in Chase’s recruitment, but their push has placed them among the final two for the state’s No. 6 overall prospect.
“TCU is like a family,” Chase said. “I’ve been there about four times. They’re just like a family, they treat me well. LSU is one of my favorite schools and that’s how I look at them. I wasn’t really interested in them at first, then I started looking at them. When they started showing me the offense and how they were going to use me and how the offense was, I liked how the offense was and that’s when I started looking at them.”
The 4-star wide receiver will unveil his decision to the nation Monday on NFL Network on the final day of The Opening Finals. Until then, Chase is doing his best not to show his hand.
That includes keeping him family out of the loop. On Monday, they will find out if it’s LSU or TCU, as well.
“It’s my decision and I’m going to surprise them,” Chase said. “They’re just happy whenever I go.”