A senior at Centennial High School, Chase Rosenberg is in his first year as the team’s starting quarterback under a new head coach and new spread offense. While the Knights opened the season 0-5, they have come back to win two region games, including one over then undefeated Lambert. Rosenberg is 116 for 218 with 1,372 yards and 11 touchdowns and he threw for a season-high 347 yards against Johns Creek. He continues his pursuit to play college football at a strong academic school.
When your team starts the season 0-5, you wonder if any college coach is going to take interest in you. But with a lot of help from my coach, two big wins, including one that has been called among the biggest upsets in the state this season, and a highlight film that I feel good about, it is getting to be a busy recruiting season.
I knew it was going to be a long road considering this would be my first year as a starter and we had a new coach and changed from a run-oriented option team to a pass-happy spread one. Through seven games, I have thrown 218 times (an average of 31 times a game) while over the last few years our offense may have averaged 10 attempts per game, if that many.
My strategy all along has been to play football at a top academic school, and next week on Tuesday, one of the Georgetown coaches is attending my practice. While the trip to the Ivy League schools during the summer and attending their camps has helped, I have realized I have to be proactive.
The schools that I have been in constant contact with in addition to Georgetown have been Princeton, Penn, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Fordham, Davidson, Johns Hopkins and Amherst. My coach, Jeff Carlberg, has really stepped up for me and talked to almost all the schools and got some interesting responses. Fordham already has received a commitment from a quarterback so while they are still interested, it is unlikely I will be in the Bronx next year. Yale told my coach they like me but a lot of it would depend on my application, grades and test scores. Princeton told him they continue to follow me and remain very interested.
Academics come before athletics in the Ivy and the admissions office has to sign off on you before a coach can make an offer.
Here is how it works: The Ivy League schools break their prospects down into four bands. The first band is the one with the best scores and grades. We are all placed in that band and it’s where they can take the most kids. They can take fewer athletes from the second band, fewer in the third and only a couple from the fourth. Yale wants me to in the second band. I am being told by several schools that my academics and board scores put me between the second and third band. This means my application and essays need to be flawless. I think I have written 12 essays already for all the different schools.
The schools also want me to have a rigorous senior schedule and every one of them will get my first semester grades on courses ranging from college English, AP Stats, AP Psychology and Physics to Anatomy and Economics.
I’d like to play football in the FCS Division, which is where Georgetown, Davidson and the Ivies are. I also needed to look at Division III schools that might make sense to me academically. So I sent a packet with my midseason football highlights and academic update to Johns Hopkins, Amherst, Williams and Middlebury.
I met the Hopkins head coach and offensive coordinator at the Princeton camp over the summer and received an email from them and immediately got an email and telephone call from the Amherst coach where I likely am going to take a visit. I also plan on visiting Yale, Princeton, Penn, Hopkins and probably Georgetown depending on how my meeting goes on Tuesday.
While I like to consider myself a fringe player between FBS (formerly Division I), BCS and FCS, I still want to play football if the schools up north don’t work out. I took an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech for the Boston College game and spent time talking to Tim Byerly, who is a preferred walk on there and as a quarterback led Chattahoochee to a Class AAAA state championship two years ago. Byerly loves it, says he feels part of the team and while he is the scout team QB now, and he has been told he has a chance to earn a scholarship. It also doesn’t hurt that the Hope scholarship is paying 90 percent of his tuition. I was told by the Tech coaches they would seriously consider me for a preferred spot. My twin sisters are both athletes in Athens and I know UGA has their quarterback commitment (Brice Ramsey of Camden County) but I hope they will also consider me for preferred. Everyone tells me: explore all options, don’t be scared of dreaming.
But I want to go where I have the best chance to play and at the same time get a great education. In my position, I have no choice but to be aggressive. I get on the phone every night and call coaches, then email them my stats and highlights Monday morning.
The best thing is our season has turned around and we have gone from looking at a winless season to a chance for the playoffs. My focus is on Friday nights and making my grades, but I have to say recruiting is both nerve-wracking and exciting.
UPDATE: Rosenberg completed 28 of 40 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns in 27-9 win over North Forsyth.