Rob Chesson’s performance for third-ranked Old Mill this season has assured him a place in the record books. The senior running back has accumulated a state-record 49 touchdowns and an area-best 2,549 rushing yards heading into Friday’s Maryland 4A final against No. 2 Quince Orchard.
But for now, Chesson’s college choices remain the same as they were before he began the record-breaking run. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound back received offers from Buffalo and Towson in the offseason and hasn’t added any since then.
“I want to stay focused with the [state final] game first and then let everything else come take its place,” Chesson said. “I’m staying humble, and I’m keeping my options open. Hopefully, after my performance these last couple weeks, hopefully, some more offers come through. I’m hoping. I’m open to anyone.”
Chesson has shouldered the load for the Patriots this season, rushing for at least 200 yards in eight of the team’s last nine games, but that production may not be enough to overcome concerns about how his game will translate to the next level.
ESPN National Recruiting Analyst Craig Haubert said college coaches likely view Chesson as a potential third-down back and kick returner rather than an every-down rusher. Old Mill Coach Chad McCormick said he believes Chesson has the skills to play slot receiver or even defensive back in college if he couldn’t play in the backfield.
Haubert expects Chesson to add a few more low Division I offers before National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2012.
“With some coaching changes and recruiting classes starting to come together down the stretch toward National Signing Day, he could be a nice player to help fill out a class,” Haubert said.
McCormick — whose program has produced several Division I prospects in recent seasons — said he’s been surprised in the lack of buzz around Chesson. He hopes the running back takes advantage of the Patriots’ success to showcase his potential value to recruiters.
“I’d have to think that if you pay attention to the state championship, you’re going to hear his name and read his name in the papers,” McCormick said. “If that doesn’t draw interest, then I think people are missing out on a good talent that we have here.”