Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile knows what top players look like, so when he says he's got two special players in the Class of 2010, he's not exaggerating.
Ofodile, a former Missouri Tiger tight end, was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills and also played with the Baltimore Ravens before coming the head coach at Rock Bridge. He's quickly build the Rock Bridge program into one of the better teams in the state and one of the best talent-producing programs in the Midwest.
Ofodile has sent players all the way from Missouri to Georgia and he said his two top targets in the 2010 class both have the ability to be national recruits.
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Early on in the recruiting process the main attention was focused on linebacker Trey Millard, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound inside linebacker that picked up an early offer from Missouri. However as of late, Rock Bridge's defensive end Chase Rome has not only become the state's hottest recruit but also one of the region's top targets.
"Both are good leaders and great workers as well as being very good students," Ofodile said. "Trey has a 3.9 GPA and a 26 on the ACT and Chas has around a 3.0 and a 23 ACT. Both are rare athletes for their size. Chase is between 280-285 and I would guess, one of the fastest athletes out there at that size. Trey is about 245 right now and a mid to high 4.5 40 guy.
"I think if nothing else that makes both guys most likely national level prospects."
Rome's offer list has continued to explode over the past few days. He picked up early written scholarship offers from Wisconsin and Kansas State and just recently added offers from Oklahoma, South Carolina and Missouri. USC, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Oregon and Kansas have also been in regular contact via mail, and he plans on taking an unofficial visit to Kansas for the Jayhawks' Junior Day coming up.
"I don't get stressed out about anything and am just trying to evaluate everything," Rome said. "I have played end my whole career, and I love playing on the outside. I am pretty fast for my size but I can also see myself playing defensive tackle, too."
Millard has added an offer from Stanford to go along with the one from Mizzou. Kansas, Kansas State, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin are also involved early on. Millard said he grew up cheering for the Tigers and it might be tough to lure him away from Columbia.
"I've always looked at them and thought it would be cool to play for them," Millard said. "But it's weird now that it's actually a possibility that I could actually play there. But I'm looking at it as everybody's pretty much even right now."