All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Rob Chesson said he plans to participate in National Signing Day on Feb. 1, but he continues to weigh his options as the first chance for seniors to make their college choices official quickly approaches.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back — who set a state record with 49 total touchdowns in leading Old Mill to the Maryland 4A title this past season — has picked up several Division II offers, including Bowie State University and University of Charleston (W.V.), since the season ended. But Chesson’s lone Division I options remain Towson and Buffalo, offers that he held entering his record-breaking campaign.
Chesson leaves Friday for a visit to Charleston and plans to take his official visit to Towson next weekend.
“Towson is showing the most love,” Chesson said Thursday, “so right now, my mind is sort of leaning toward Towson, but I don’t want to say anything too soon because you never know what will come up.”
Chesson expected more Division I interest after a season in which he spearheaded the Millersville school’s run to its second state title in three seasons. In addition to the touchdown record, he finished with 2,701 rushing yards and scored the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime of the Patriots’ 36-35 state final victory over Quince Orchard.
He also shined in the Maryland Crab Bowl all-star game on Dec. 17 with 135 rushing yards and a touchdown in Washington’s 14-6 win over Baltimore.
“I still don’t understand why a lot of D-I [schools] haven’t come after me,” Chesson said. “I’ve basically put all my cards on the table and shown what I can do.”
But Chesson also acknowledged that some potential suitors may be scared away by his shaky academics. He said he struggled in the classroom in his first two years of high school before buckling down the past two years as he tried to raise his grade point average.
Even with time winding down, Chesson remains optimistic. He said a Buffalo coach came to Old Mill several weeks ago to say the Bulls were still interested and to urge him to stay the course academically and continue to show improvement.
Chesson has also been attending an SAT prep class in recent weeks, hoping to raise his score when he takes the exam for the second time on Jan. 28.
“It’s not too late,” Chesson said. “I might have a lot of schools who want me but are waiting for my test scores. I don’t want to miss something because I rushed it. Patience is the key right now.”
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