Darien Chase was a pretty valuable member of Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class. After just one season in Lincoln, it appears that he's on his way out.
Chase was a three-star composite recruit at 247Sports, out of Washington state. The site ranked him No. 398 overall, No. 21 among players with the "athlete" designation, and No. 3 in the state.
The site was higher on him in its internal rankings. 247 had Chase as a four-star player, when not combining those rankings with the ones from Rivals and ESPN. He was the No. 200 player in the country, per those rankings.
As a true freshman he played in four total games, taking a total of 52 offensive snaps. He caught one pass for 13 yards, coming against Northern Illinois. That was one of Nebraska's most dominant games of the season, a 44-8 win over the MAC power. The Huskers finished the year a very disappointing 5-7 in year two under Scott Frost.
In his note announcing his decision to enter the transfer portal, he reveals that he has dealt with depression over the last few years, and that it plays a part in his decision.
His full note:
"This past 7 months at Nebraska has been amazing, the coaches and players all welcomed me in like family and I will forever be grateful especially to coach frost for believe in my from the start. I've lost a lot of family members nad I have struggled with mental health and depression for the past 6 or 7 years now and these events put me in a place I can never fall to again, and it is the best decision for me and my family for me to transfer closer to home. This decision has been the hardest I've ever had to make because it has nothing to do with the program or football, and there is truly no place like Nebraska and I'll always love GBR and all the love I've gotten just in the past year. With that being said I will be entering the transfer portal. GBR forever"
There has definitely been tremendous improvement in breaking down the stigma of mental health in recent years, especially in sports. Even so, it is very brave for Chase to admit and put out there publicly, but it sounds like he's making the right decision in light of the things he's dealt with. Hopefully he can land with a team closer to home and continue a successful college career. [
Thank you for all the love and support especially from my teammates and coaches, but it’s time to move on to the next chapter of my life. GBR forever 🖤 pic.twitter.com/9LL59Cp9QP
— ✖️ Darien Chase ✖️ (@chasedariem) February 15, 2020