Ja’Marr Chase College Record: From High School Prodigy to LSU Superstar

Published 04/24/2021, 11:15 PM EDT


Since the departure of Odell Beckham Jr, the Louisiana State University Tigers have been working hard to bring in quality wide receivers. In homegrown starlet, Ja’Marr Chase, LSU have arguably handed the NFL another top-level wideout ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

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The 21-year old has been playing at a very high level since graduating to starter in 2019. But that wasn’t always the case. Chase was not getting enough playing time during his freshman year at LSU.

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But his penchant for always improving and his passion for honing the game made him one of the top wide receivers in college football. Now, ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, Chase is being tipped for greatness.

Let’s take a look at the meteoric rise of Ja’Marr Chase – LSU Superstar and future NFL first-rounder.

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As a teenager, Ja’Marr Chase attended Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana. This particular educational establishment was located in the suburbs of New Orleans. During his time with the Raiders, Chase registered 2,152 receiving yards and 30 receiving touchdowns,

No wonder, he was being pursued by top Division I programs. The 5-star high school recruit had offers from Kansas, TCU, University of Florida, and Auburn. He committed to Kansas first, but backed out and pledged allegiance to TCU. Chase later went back on that as well and decided to join the Florida Gators program.

However, after the sacking of coach Jim McElwain, even that deal collapsed. He eventually had to choose between Auburn and LSU. The youngster opted for the latter, and the rest is history.

“I felt rushed at certain points. The Kansas commitment, I felt rushed. I probably got too excited on my visit. And the Florida deal, I felt comfortable there but once the coaching staff left I made the decision to decommit,” Chase said via NOLA.com.

Is Chase one of LSU’s best receivers despite 2020 disappointment?

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The LSU #7 has been made headlines in 2019. He finished as a CFP National Champion playing alongside quarterback Joe Burrow. Chase concluded the campaign with 1,780 receiving yards and 20 receiving TDs. He won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as America’s best receiver in 2019 and was also unanimously named to the 2019 College Football All-America Team.

Chase opted out of the 2020 college football season due to the COVID-19 crisis. In his absence, Alabama’s De’Vonta Smith hogged the limelight eclipsing Chase’s numbers from the year before.

Regardless, Ja’Marr is expected to be selected as the 1st wide receiver when the 2021 NFL Draft begins on April 29 in Ohio. Is a potential reunion with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati on the cards for Chase this summer?

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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