Former CDO lineman Chase Randall commits to FCS program Valparaiso

Chase Randall, one of the most physically imposing linemen in Southern Arizona last season, has decided to make a commitment to continue his football career at Valparaiso, a Division I FCS program.

Randall, 6-foot-1 and 255 pounds, originally committed to the University of Sioux Falls, a Division II program, but decommitted in February to pursue other opportunities including a potential preferred walk-on spot with Arizona.

“Everyone has always known about my dream and desire to play at the Division I level and Valpo is the school that’s provided me that special opportunity to achieve that goal I set for myself,” Randall said. “They’re a team on the come-up right now, finishing 4-2 during their (COVID-19) shortened season (last year), and I just loved the energy and drive the coaching staff and the team has shown to win football games.

“Arizona was a school I really desired to play at, but I’m really happy about where I ended up and the fact I’ll be seeing the field as a freshman.”

CDO coach Dustin Peace has mentioned since before last season that Randall is one of the more physical players he has coached — and he’s coached Blake Martinez and Jared Tevis. He told recruiters that Randall is a steal of a recruit and should play for a Division I program.

Chase Randall (CDO photo)

“Chase is one of the best defensive linemen I’ve ever coached as far as his motor and his physicality,” Peace said. ” It’s kind of funny when we had Blake I always called him my ‘Go Get ‘Em Guy.’ If we needed to be physical on a player — not targeting or anything illegal — I would say, ‘Hey Blake, run that dude over.’ It was a matter of this is what’s going to happen and Blake had to get it done. That’s exactly what Chase is — he’s a ‘Go Get ‘Em Guy.’ He’s just a physical, physical kid.”

Randall mentioned that Valpo rewarded his academic success with “an amazing package I just couldn’t refuse, taking grades and everything into account.”


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