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The Chase for Chase

Friday, December 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:54 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Last weekend was a great weekend in more than one way. The official visit to Missouri was amazing. We had a lot of chances, despite the snow, to see what the Missouri program is all about.

The coaches were great and my host, A.J. Ricker, was very helpful by being able to give me a lot of good insight on the program, being that he has been there for four years. The weekend was also a good experience in that a lot of the in-state recruits were there such as Tony Temple and Nick Patterson. It was good to be able to talk to them and see how their season went and how recruiting is treating them.

At the end of the weekend, I just had the feeling that the University of Missouri was the place I wanted to be for the next five years. And on Sunday morning, I had the honor of telling Coach (Gary) Pinkel that’s exactly what I wanted to do.

I can’t wait to be able to learn from quarterbacks coach, coach (David) Yost, and (quarterback) Brad Smith and what he has done to become such a great player and an even better person.

Coach Pinkel has the program on the way to being great, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I couldn’t be more proud to be a Tiger. It should be fun to play with my good friend, (Rock Bridge linebacker) Van Alexander, here in our hometown trying to do our part to contribute to a great Missouri football team.

As for this article I have been writing, it has been a lot of fun. God bless.

Chase Patton played for Rock Bridge and is considered one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation.


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