Chase Anastasio has been called the top receiver in Virginia by some and by the looks of his offer list it might be difficult to disagree. Anastasio doesn't get caught up in the publicity of his recruitment, because just narrowing his list has been hard enough.
"This whole process is so much more difficult than I could have imagined last year," said the lanky 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout, sounding exasperated. "I get mail from schools every day. It's fun and it's really flattering, but it's almost to the point where it's just making everything more confusing."
Anastasio has missed some action because of a sprained ankle, an increasingly common injury among this years crop of high school talent. He's still managed to pick off a pass as a safety and has found the endzone seven times as a receiver.
"The coaches I've talked to said they aren't concerned that I've missed time," said Anastasio, who runs the 40-yard dash in just under 4.5 seconds. "I've already gotten offers from all of my favorites, so that's good."
So who are Anastasio's favorites?
"Virginia has to be up there because coach Groh and their staff seems to have really made me a priority. They've been after me for a long time and they send me stuff all the time. I like the campus, the fans, and everything about the place. I also like Notre Dame and Stanford because of their academics. They both have goood programs as well.
"After those three I would probably put Virginia Tech on my list, but beyond that I'm not positive. I hear mostly from ACC, SEC, and Big Ten schools and I have 25 offers overall. I'll be visiting Notre Dame on Dec. 6 and Stanford on Dec. 20. I want to set up some more official dates and take those before I make my final decision."