Missouri prep standout Chase Rome is part of an impressive group of signees who will begin their Cornhusker careers on the defensive line. Rome is also one of three players to get a jumpstart on their NU career by enrolling at Nebraska in January. This marks the seventh straight year Nebraska has had at least one signee from the state of Missouri. The 290-pound Rome was a dominant force for Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Mo., where he racked up 74 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior in 2009. Rome is a versatile player who has played both defensive tackle and defensive end during his prep career. His play helped Rock Bridge and Coach A.J. Ofodile to a 5-5 record in 2009. As a junior, Rome recorded 77 tackles, including 41 unassisted stops, while adding four sacks and four fumble recoveries. Rome has been honored for his play each of the past two seasons, being named a first-team Class 6 all-state pick in both 2008 and 2009. Rome is regarded as one of the top 10 players in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com, which also lists him among the top 30 defensive tackles in the nation. SuperPrep magazine lists Rome as the second-best player in the state of Missouri, among the top 15 players in the Midlands Region and one of the nation’s top 30 defensive line prospects. Scout.com lists Rome among the nation’s top 200 overall prospects and as one of the top 25 defensive end recruits nationally. Rome only visited Nebraska, but he had offers from dozens of schools including Oklahoma State, Missouri, Oklahoma and Florida. He is the son of Wade and Kathleen Rome and was born on Jan. 16, 1992.
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