Class of 2013 athlete Chase Dutra is a standout on the football field and the basketball court for Brownsburg (Ind.) High, but his future is in football and he is working winter recruiting visits around his junior basketball season.
"This Sunday I am going to IU with my coach," Dutra reported. "On the fifth I am going to Iowa. Kentucky came in today to talk with my coach and I'm pretty sure I'll be going there for a junior day. Georgia Tech invited me, but it is so far and time consuming it will cut into basketball and I won't be able to make their junior day. I am trying to make it there during the summer for a camp or something."
Dutra continues to receive interest from several other schools. One he specifically mentioned that has caught is attention is Oklahoma State.
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"They started coming on hard back in December and sending a lot of letters," Dutra said. "I'm kind of excited about them, but don't want to get my hopes up. I want to see if they keep going hard with me."
Although Dutra is still waiting for that first scholarship offer to come through, he has received plenty of positive feedback from college coaches streaming through his school in the last couple months.
"Most of them said I passed the eyeball test, definitely," Dutra said. "They just want to see more of me at one position. Kentucky wanted me at their camp at wide receiver. They wanted to see me against other prospects and see if I can hold my own. They also want to see what my forty times are."
The 6-2, 200-pound Dutra rushed for 750 yards and caught 16 balls for 390 yards as a junior despite playing half the season with a cast on his hand. He totaled 23 touchdowns, which included one via a kickoff return. He could play several positions on offense and defense.
"Most teams are saying wide receiver," Dutra said. "They said they might throw me in at a couple drills at DB to see how I do, but the majority want to see me at wide receiver. In my opinion, I really think I will be better at wide receiver because if I get the ball in open space I feel I am a threat."
Dutra had to play with a cast this past season because he broke his hand dunking a basketball over the summer. His hand is fully rehabilitated now and he is averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game and shooting 40 percent from three-point territory.