By Michael Pittinger
LoCoSports Staff Writer
Sterling (March 22, 2016) — On March 12, Park View High School senior quarterback Chase Jefferson made a commitment to continue his football career at Christopher Newport University – where he will make the transition to wide receiver – starting in the 2016-2017 school year.
“I chose CNU because I really liked how the campus felt when I visited,” the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Jefferson said. “The enrollment size was what I was looking for, and the football program seems to be very organized.”
The Division III Captains are coached by Matt Kelchner – who will enter his 15th season as the program’s only coach in 2016. Christopher Newport finished one game under .500 last year. Jefferson helps to give the Captains wide receiving group an explosive addition with his speed.
“I hope to bring my speed and playmaking abilities to the Captains,” Jefferson said. “ All while developing myself into a better player and learning from the upperclassmen.”
Jefferson is very ecstatic to finally be committed to a college that he feels is right for him and is looking forward to the next chapter of his football and academic career.
“It feels great. It was a long process filled with a bunch of visits,” Jefferson said. “I am relieved to say that I am going to a school that was a right fit for me.”
At Park View, Jefferson helped a rebuilding Patriots program to a 2-8 record- a slight improvement from the 0-10 record during the 2014 season. Jefferson led the Patriots in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2015 from the quarterback position.
“It was awesome and fun. Many of my teammates I played with or against in LLBFL were now on my team,” Jefferson said. “Even though, the seasons never went how the team wanted them too, coach Mullins always kept us motivated and our expectations high. He always made practice fun but still kept us working hard.”
While playing for the Patriots was a good experience for him, Jefferson mentioned that was not the extent of his interaction with the sport that he is taking him to college.
“My passion for football began after I saw my brother play in Lower Loudoun Boys Football League,” the Sterling-native said. “I started playing football when I was seven and have loved it ever since. I love to compete against other teams. I get motivated by my family, who comes out to support me.”