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Chase Abbington to Missouri: Four-star FZS product has loads of athleticism

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The four-star product from Ft. Zumwalt South was one of the first members of the 2013 recruiting class and never wavered through a difficult fall.

Name Chase Abbington
Position ATH (probably RB, WR or DB)
Height, Weight 6'2, 205
City (School) St. Peters, MO (Ft. Zumwalt South)
Rating (Rivals) **** (5.8), No. 226 nationally
Rating (ESPN) **** (Grade: 82), No. 258 nationally
Twitter Handle @chasers22
Other Offers of Note Arizona State, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, UCLA
2013 Depth Chart Missouri is stocked nicely at running back in 2013, but Abbington could serve a role as a bigger back, one that Missouri doesn't have in Henry Josey, Marcus Murphy or Russell Hansbrough. He's also a big target who could give Missouri one of the deeper, more athletic receiving corps in the country. At safety, the path is less resistant.
2014 Depth Chart In 2014, Missouri will have seniors at running back in Josey and Murphy, a junior Hansbrough, and a sophomore in Morgan Steward. At receiver, Mizzou will have seniors Jimmie Hunt and Darius White, junior Dorial Green-Beckham, etc. If Abbington is truly a four-star talent, he could carve out a niche at either position. Still, at safety he could be a favorite to start by his sophomore year.

With his blend of size and speed, Abbington could realistically play multiple positions on both sides of the ball. Missouri is recruiting him as a running back, Jones said he would be utilizied in multiple ways.

"They pretty much told me I'd play running back, but they run a lot of motion," Abbington said. "So sometimes I would line up as a receiver and there would be different ways to get me out into space.

"I know I'm taller than my offensive line right now, but I won't be in college, so I can run between the tackles, too."


Abbington is a dynamic athlete. We're not convinced his true home at the next level will be at tailback, but given his measurable and his combination of size, speed and elusiveness, it would not surprise us either. Abbington looks like a big outside WR, or a future H-back or OLB. He's tall and sleek, and even though he is high cut, he is smooth, fluid and has tremendous feet. He plays in a shotgun, spread scheme as a single back and hits the hole with adequate to good body tilt for a taller back. […] Abbington's overall skill set, smoothness and measurables are what will get coaches excited. He is just a good football player.