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Lake Forest (IL) 2019 OT/OG Chase Bahr just got back from a busy east coast visit tour and caught me up on schools showing serious interest in him.
Lake Forest, IL
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 275 lbs
LPI: You currently hold offers from FCS Penn and Colgate. What other schools have shown serious interest in you or may be close to offering?
CB: I have been in contact with a lot of FCS and a few FBS schools since last season and the schools that have shown serious interest in me recently have been Harvard, Dartmouth, and Columbia.
LPI: Have you visited anywhere recently or do you have any planned visits coming up? If so, where at and when?
CB: Over spring break my family and I took a trip to the East Coast. We visited six schools: Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, and Columbia. It was a great experience for my family and I to see the schools together. Most importantly it left a big impact on my younger brother and sister, and I think made them almost excited about college as I am. Over the summer I think I will be doing a few camps, however, I am not sure which ones yet.
LPI: What should college coaches that recruit you know about you whether it be on or off the field?
CB: College coaches should know that I am a natural leader on and off the field. I want to make people around me better and I only expect the best from either my teammates or my classmates. I also give one-hundred percent effort in everything I do. If I do something, I’m going to do it to the best of my abilities, regardless of how hard or challenging it is.
LPI: What do you want your major to be in college?
CB: I’m not 100% sure what I want to major in. I want to do something related to business, whether that is an economic or finance major. Recently I have also been very interested in possibly double majoring or having a minor in philosophy, in order to gain different outlooks on life. I think both of these would be very cool fields of study and help me out in the future.
LPI: What are your individual and team goals for this upcoming season?
CB: I think that every football team in the state of Illinois wants to win a state championship. I think every member of our team, including myself, want to win a state championship. We push ourselves everyday to work closer to this goal. On a personal level I want to be a very dominant force on the O-Line. As an offensive lineman my goal is to move people and I absolutely love it. I have worked very hard this off season to become that force and hopefully it pays off.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
CB: When people think of Lake Forest football and the class of 2020, Rylie Mills is the biggest name. He is a phenomenal athlete and will be extremely successful at the next level. However, a guy who is often overlooked is Charlie Aberle. Along with Mills, Charlie was pulled up to the varsity team as a sophomore. He quickly became a stand out on the offensive and defensive line. Charlie is currently 6’1”, 255 lbs. He can bench upwards of 335 lbs as a sophomore! Overall he is an insane athlete and someone who college coaches should keep on their radar. He is an amazing teammate and I expect big things from him this year. He has a great work ethic and has pushed not only himself, but the rest of the team to strive for greatness this offseason.
Lake Forest coach Chuck Spagnoli on Bahr on and off the field
“As a student and as a player Chase is everything we could ask for. His work ethic and character are the example for our team.”