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16 4-star WR Chase loading up on offers

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After Sept. 1, coaches can begin contacting class of 2016 prospects with direct mail, email and through social media. In the case of junior four-star receiver T.J. Chase of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, he received three offers within 24 hours from Rutgers, Mississippi State and N.C. State, bringing his total number of offers to 27.
"The way things are going right now I'm trying not to think too much about it," the 6-foot-1, 169-pound Chase said. "But I do appreciate the offers when they come."
It's shaping up to be a big year for Chase both on the field and from a recruiting aspect. He's in his first year with IMG Academy and has one of the nation's top quarterbacks, Deondre Francois throwing to him.
"He's great," Chase said. "You don't even have to be a top receiver with him. He can just throw the ball and you feel good about yourself. We're already on the same page but we can still get better, so we hang out after and before practice just getting our timing down. Eventually it will be like clockwork."
As for his recent offers, Chase admits he doesn't know much about Rutgers, Mississippi State and N.C. State and plans on researching them - along with the rest of his offers as they come in. He might not want to wait too much longer to start looking into those schools or else he could have a lot of research on his hands.
He already holds offers from top programs including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida State among many others. He said he'd like to have offers from LSU and Louisville before the season's over.
Chase was impressed with the Cardinals after their win over Miami on Monday.
"I like the way they established the run game," he said. "Then they went straight to the passing game and the offense was wide open. It was nice to see."
Chase said he doesn't have a favorite school at the moment and is waiting to let the process play out. In the meantime, Francois - who committed to Florida State in July - is in his ear about extending their relationship at the next level.
"When we sit around, he'll just put up a Noles sign," Chase said. "He'll say things around me to make me think about it."
Chase said he plans on attending Florida State's game against Clemson on Sept. 20 in Tallahassee. He'd also like to visit Miami, Florida Georgia and Kentucky this season.
Through two games, Chase has 115 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Adam Krohn is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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