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Dutra planning Big Ten camps

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Brownsburg, Ind., athlete Chase Dutra proved his abilities time and again at camps this spring, and college coaches have started to take notice. The three-star prospect had a host of coaches through his school this spring.
"It was mostly all the coaches I expected to come. A lot of MAC schools, but also a couple Big Ten schools stopped by," Dutra said. "Most of them said they were impressed with my size. They said I look a lot bigger in person than I did on film. They said they need to see me in person and do a couple workouts."
While Dutra has been active on the spring camp scene, his focus this summer will be on preparing for his senior season at Brownsburg. He will, however, look to attend a few Big Ten camps in June.
"My team goes to an IU team camp, so I am obviously going to IU. They said they are not going to offer until they see me at their team camp," Dutra said. "The Purdue coach told me if I come out to their camp and do good things, run anywhere from a 4.5 to low 4.6, that they will offer. So, I am planning on heading to the Purdue one as well.
"I might take one or two more big ones. I might go out to Iowa because Coach [Eric] Johnson said they are extremely interested if they see me run a few routes they could throw an offer on the table because they are really in need of some wide receivers."
Dutra was encouraged by the feedback he received from Iowa and Purdue this spring. His only offer at this time is from Western Michigan, but other MAC schools appear to be waiting to see how Dutra's recruitment plays out.
"A lot of the MAC schools that stopped by said they will offer me if the big schools don't come through," Dutra said.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Dutra rushed for 750 yards and added another 390 receiving yards as a junior, accounting for 23 total touchdowns. He is being recruited mostly for the wide receiver and safety positions.
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