March 3, 2008

Vasser's no fear attitude paid off

As UGA's third commitment for 2009, Chase Vasser has captivated fans with his blend of size, strength and athleticism. Most prospects don't compete after committing to a school, but Vasser stepped up to the challenge. The forty yard dash, shuttle drills, powerball, and the vertical test give a good indicator of players overall ability. Vasser did not disappoint as he had a top five overall score.

"The warm-ups got me going pretty good and it felt nice out there," said Vasser.

Like everyone else, Vasser was not happy with his forty time. But when you have 4.4 guys running a 4.58, Vasser's 4.6 flat time is impressive, especially for a 6-foot-3, 208-pound linebacker.

"I had a not so good forty the first time, but my second one was ok. They say it was really good on the grass, so I guess I will keep it."

The Chestatee star enjoyed the experience, and the turnout had him excited.

"I really liked it today. The atmosphere was good, there were a lot of people jumping around. It makes you compete and push yourself more."

The UGA commit likes to improve himself, and he has already accomplished that this year.

"I had a 35.6 (inch) vertical at home, and today I had a 35.7 so I know I improved that. I timed at a 4.49 laser time yesterday as well. I feel great and I am confident I will get better."

Vasser had an impressive SPARQ rating of 100.44, but was unsure about some of his event marks.

"I slipped in the shuttle so I am disappointed with that," the future Dawg admitted. "I also had not done the kneeling Powerball before so I do not know if 37.6 (feet) is very good."

Vasser is a big time competitor and as soon as he was done with the last event, he was looking forward to his next chance to compete.

"I am going to the NIKE camp in Alabama (May 3). Hopefully I will get to see a lot of running backs out there. I want to be able to drop back because I know that is what Georgia expects out of their linebackers. Hopefully I will be able to do it against some of the top athletes from across the nation."

The athletic linebacker committed to UGA in back in late January, so he has had a month to let it settle in. He has also tried to get a head

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