WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Metairie, LA (Archbishop Rummel)
247 RATING: .9589
POSITION RANK: 1
Receiving: 107 catches, 2,093 yards (19.6 ypc), 23 touchdowns
Receiving: 84 catches, 1,780 yards (21.2 ypc), 20 touchdowns
Ja’Marr Chase Breakdown
LSU doesn’t just hand out the number seven jersey. It’s an earned tradition given to players who fit the criteria set by players before them. So it’s not a surprise Ja’Marr Chase will be the next player to wear the coveted number for the Tigers. After a year in which he won the Biletnikoff Award for college football’s best receiver, he inherits a new honor. With a ton of talent leaving for the NFL after winning a national championship, LSU looks to their new number seven to lead them back to the playoff.
NFL scouts are already raving about Chase’s talent, and for good reason. Everything about his game is smooth. He’s never in a hurry to make a move, playing football like a game of chess. At times when his quarterback is getting pressured, that doesn’t help, but for the most part it feeds into his success. He calculates his moves at the line of scrimmage to get off the line, and he processes new stimuli quicker than most.
Will Chase and a new quarterback click like he did with Joe Burrow? That question will determine how successful he is this year more than his abilities. He’s shown that he can get open with his route running and quickness, but can he find a groove with the new starter remains the question. Justin Jefferson might be gone, but Terrace Marshall also returns and could take some catches away from him.
Hype surrounding Ja’Marr Chase’s game continues to rise, and there are so many things that contribute to it. Mostly things that he did on the field. His adjustments to inaccurate passes, separation and ability to catch nearly any pass thrown his way will put him in the first round when he finally goes pro. It’s going to be tough to replicate his chemistry with a new quarterback, win another Biletnikoff, and another national championship, but he’s one of the few that can find a way to make that happen.