Chase Abbington commits to Mizzou

Chase Abbington (St. Charles, Mo./Fort Zumwalt South), a 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, was one of the country’s biggest running backs in 2011. He now will focus on being one of the biggest – if not the biggest – running backs in the SEC.

After a weekend visit to Missouri, Abbington gave the Tigers a verbal commitment and became the program’s fifth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Recruited by cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford, Abbington chose Missouri over offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Arizona and Kansas State.

“I’ve been up there three other times before, and every time out, it just felt right,” Abbington said. “When I visited other schools, it just didn’t feel right. [Columbia, Mo.] is 45 minutes from my house, so it’ll be easy to get home.”

Missouri will get a multifaceted player who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. Classified on the recruiting circuit as an athlete, Abbington rushed for 1,459 yards and 27 touchdowns during the 2011 season. In addition to running back, Abbington also was recruited to play safety. He had 36 tackles and two interceptions.

Abbington, who also competes on Fort Zumwalt South’s track team as a sprinter and relay participant, said most schools were recruiting him as a running back. Missouri was one of them.

“They want me as a big-time running back,” he said. “Going into the SEC, they will need bigger backs. They’ve definitely got one.

“It’s kind of a relief. Now, I can focus on school and not worry about all the mail I’m getting. It’s a relief to finally get it out way to where I can focus on track season and the other things around me.”