COLUMBIA — The Nebraska Cornhuskers picked up a win over Missouri on Thursday in Columbia. They picked up a quality Class of 2010 recruit from Columbia on Friday.
Rock Bridge defensive end Chase Rome backed out of his commitment to Oklahoma State and committed to the Cornhuskers. He announced the decision to Nebraska midday Friday but said he had made up his mind about the decision a few days ago.
Rome originally committed to Oklahoma State on March 30 of this year.
It might have been easy to guess considering Rome’s clothing choice at Thursday’s Missouri football game. He wore a MU shirt with a Nebraska hat.
“There were a multitude of reasons (for the switch),” Chase Rome’s father, Wade Rome, said. “Nebraska is strong academically, and they’ve been sending linemen to the NFL for a long time. They’ve built a steady relationship with him. Oklahoma State is a hell of a program, but he just felt that was a better place. It’s about the next four years and the next 40.”
Chase Rome said he plans to major in business and obtain his Master’s degree in sports management in hopes of becoming a coach after college. Nebraska was one of four schools (including USC, UCLA, and California-Berkley) that Rome would have chosen to go to had they offered a scholarship.
UCLA offered, but Rome decided against it. When Rome committed to Oklahoma State, Nebraska hadn’t yet made an offer.
The Cowboys did have a good pitch. Oklahoma State coach Joe DeForest went to high school with Wade Rome in Titusville, Fla. The Romes moved to Columbia about four years ago.
When asked how long it’s taken for him to make the decision, Chase Rome looks up, lets out a breath and says, “Forever. I’m done. No more calls.”
MU offered Rome a football scholarship this year, but he decided he wanted to go to college outside of Columbia.
“They were somewhere between the fifth and 10th offer,” Wade Rome said. “They’re a strong program, and they showed that last night (against NU on Thursday). If we lived in St. Louis or Kansas City, maybe that would be far enough, a couple hours away. It was so close. He wanted to get out of town."