Coming off of shoulder surgery, three-star fullback/linebacker Chase Lasater had a bit of an adjustment period when returning to the field. Lasater was recently deemed healthy and has four games under his belt so far, with his first two contests serving as a warmup before he finally hit his stride in game three against Providence High.
“Individually, I feel the first two games I didn’t perform to my expectations,” Lasater told Today’s U. “Being my first game back and also coming off the surgery, I was a little out of shape. I can’t really be too physical with my shoulder, but our last game against Providence I felt I performed how I normally should be and had a few nice hits. I feel I’m getting back to where I need to be.”
Lasater wanted to wait until he was fully healthy to return, partially because he has a bright future ahead, one that currently will take him to the University of Michigan on a football scholarship. With that in mind, Lasater broke down why he chose to commit to a school so far away from his home in Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy.
“In general, it was really the first massive school to recruit me in terms of that type of winning program,” Lasater said. “When I went up there, I saw the place and honestly was kind of amazed at the size of it. Michigan has an amazing education, so I’ll get a great degree from there if I can graduate. Jim Harbaugh, him being the one to offer me, the man himself, that definitely had a big influence on it. I just felt really good about it. I like that atmosphere, and I will love to go on my official soon.”
One visit, though, was all it took for Lasater to become enamored with the Maize and Blue.
“I’ve only made one so far, and that’s when I committed,” Lasater said. “That’s all I’ve ever been up there. I’m headed up there soon for the official.”
Lasater has begun discussing the specifics of his upcoming official visit with the UM director of player personnel, Tony Tuioti, but a date has not been hatched out. As of now, Lasater is tentatively planning to officially visit Ann Arbor in the “next three or four weeks.”
When that official does come to fruition, Lasater will have an opportunity to bond with other members of the Michigan 2017 recruiting class, one that is currently ranked No. 9 in the country according to 247Sports.com with 17 commits. So far, Lasater has used social media and text messaging to build a bond with the other Wolverine pledges.
“I don’t get to hang out with them since I’m in Florida, but definitely when I was up there I spent the whole day hanging out with JaRaymond Hall and Dylan McCaffrey,” Lasater said. “We got pretty close. On top of that, we have a group chat where we talk 24/7 all day. I mean, my phone constantly goes off because of the Michigan commit group chat.
“We are already planning on who is rooming with who and all that. I know that the kids going early in January are all rooming together. I’m going up there normal after I graduate, so we will see when the time comes.”
In the meantime, Lasater will continue to get back into game shape and is attempting to lead his team to a state title game appearance. So far, Trinity Christian Academy stands 4-2 with a contest against Duval Charter (0-4) on the docket for October 13th.