BEAVERTON, Ore. — The biggest announcement of The Opening won’t be taking place after all.
Ja’Marr Chase, who was scheduled to commit to either LSU or TCU on Monday afternoon during the Finals 7-on-7 tournament, will not be making a commitment publicly. The 4-star wide receiver had his NFL Network spot bumped after an issue with timing during Monday’s broadcast of the event.
Chase was slated to make his college announcement at 4:35 p.m. PT, which coincided with halftime of the 7-on-7 championship game. The event was nationally televised.
NFL Network aired Jordyn Adams’ commitment to North Carolina, then spent time with Greg Emerson, the defensive lineman who injured his ankle during Sunday’s events. Emerson made a surprise commitment to Tennessee at the conclusion of his TV spot, then spent extra time speaking on the set.
That time pushed back Chase’s TV spot and the 4-star wide receiver opted not to commit on Monday after all.
Chase told SEC Country he will return to New Orleans Monday night and discuss his plans with his family. He originally wanted to commit on Sunday, but moved the decision to Monday for it to be aired on TV so his family back in Louisiana could tune in.
Chase told SEC Country he will likely hold off a decision between LSU and TCU until sometime next week.