LSU Football: The Ja’Marr Chase moment that we always forget about

Mandatory Credit: LSU Athletics/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network
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Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase only played in 27 games for LSU football, but he made a major impact during his short career in Baton Rouge.

In 2019, Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The dynamic wide receiver opted out of the 2020 season. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, reuniting him with former Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow.

Chase will obviously go down as one of the all-time great LSU players, but did you know he almost landed at another program?

Former LSU football wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was once committed to Kansas

In early 2017, Chase took a visit to Kansas and decided that’s where he wanted to play college football.

Chase committed to the Jayhawks on February 4, 2017.

But the commitment didn’t last long.

Less than 10 days later, Chase decommitted from Kansas.

“After having a lengthy discussion with my parents, I realized that I can’t make a rational decision when my emotions are involved,” said Chase in a statement. “Making a decision about my future needs to be a family decision, and I have to make sure that my family is on the same page. This has nothing to do with Kansas or the coaches at Kansas. It’s a great place, and they’re doing great things. With that being said, I’m announcing my decommitment from [the] Kansas Jayhawks.”

Five months later, Chase more famously committed to Florida.

Chase remained committed to the Gators until November 2017. When Jim McElwain was fired by Florida, Chase reopened his recruitment.

On National Signing Day in 2018, Chase finally chose the Tigers, ending an intense recruitment process that saw the talented wide receiver eventually decide to stay home in Louisiana.

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Ultimately, nothing that happened during the recruitment process matters. But it’s still wild that Chase almost ended up at Kansas of all places.