Chase Jeter is one of just three players in the 2015 recruiting class with a Duke offer and he has set his Official Visit date to Duke for March 8th. This is the 2014 regular season finale, where Duke will battle rival North Carolina, another team that is currently recruiting Jeter. The date worked great for Jeter, as he recently told me, "The timing was perfect and it happened to be a big game of 2 schools that I'm really interested in and can see myself playing at." This will be a great start to Duke's attempt to bring in another highly rated recruiting class with a highly rated big man.
Not only has Duke shown a lot of interest in Jeter, Duke is high on his list. He had extremely kind words to say about the program that Duke and Coach K have built, "One of the main things that attracts me is how strong of a coach, Coach K is. He has been there for along time and he's not going anywhere so he has a deep trust, belief, and commitment in himself, his staff, and the program." He later added, "Duke is one of my favorite. I love the fans the best too." While Jeter currently has a long list, consisting of Kansas, UCLA, UNLV, UNC, Duke, Michigan, USC, Arizona, Oregon, Louisville, Cal Berkeley, UConn and Gonzaga, Duke appears to be a school he is very high on.
Chase Jeter is used to playing with top players, as he is on the same high school team as currently second rated 2015 recruit, Stephen Zimmerman. Duke has not shown much interest in Zimmerman, for unknown reasons, but Zimmerman had nice words to say about his current teammate. "Chase Jeter is a really hard worker and a good kid. He also is very communicative not afraid to speak his mind." These qualities and being accustomed to top level competition will help him quickly make an impact at the college level.
I was able to interview Chase back in November as well, when he first received his offer from Duke. In that interview, he told me he feels like a great fit for Duke, "Definitely I feel like I could really fit well in their program and do a good job of extending the defense and creating trouble for the opposing teams." He also quickly dismissed any talks about Duke's inability to recruit big men, "I see that as something personal, I have the work ethic to get better and I know they will provide me with what I need to do so." You can read the rest of that interview here.
With many other great options, Duke will need to battle to get a commitment from Chase Jeter. He is a very talented player and can fit well in Duke's system. Time will tell if Chase decides to go to Duke, but he is a player I will root for wherever he goes (besides UNC).