Chester High School senior Chase Colvis has signed a letter of intent to play football next year at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.
Colvis, who played all four years at Chester High School, is "the best defensive lineman in the Black Diamond Conference," declared Chester Head Football Coach Billy Belton. "I am very proud of Chase and I know he is going to do well at McKendree."
During the 2018 season Colvis had 55 tackles and four quarterback sacks. He had 13 tackles that resulted in a loss of yardage for their opponent, he forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery. Colvis was co-MVP and earned 1st Team All-Conference honors and All-South honors.
Belton said Colvis finishes his high school career with more than 100 tackles. For three years he played on both the offensive and defensive lines.
"Chase was the hardest worker on the team," the coach added. "He was a team captain and he was a leader both on and off the field."
Colvis, who is listed at 6-1 and 280 pounds, said he was impressed with how much McKendree wanted him.
"Their coaches recruited me, they wanted me for their team," he said at the signing ceremony on Feb. 5. "That means a lot to me. I love football and to be able to continue my career at a Division II football program is fantastic."
Colvis is the consummate student-athlete at CHS, with a 3.8 GPA. He is a drummer in the marching and pep bands and was on the high school track and field team for three years, something he says he'll have to give up his senior year to concentrate on his conditioning for college ball.
He said he doesn't know yet what he will major in, at McKendree.
"When I get to McKendree I will probably begin to give that topic serious consideration," he added.
Colvis's parents, Charles and Tabatha, and his sister Ashlyn, were at the signing ceremony, where they joined CHS Principal Missy Meyer, Assistant Principal Jeremy Blechle, Coach Belton, several CHS staff members and several teammates and classmates in the James F. Sharp Cafeteria.
"I really have to thank my mom, Tabatha, dad, Charles, and sister, Ashlyn for all of their support over the years," Colvis said. "My teachers and my fellow classmates have also been great in encouraging me and providing support when needed."
The signing was a big deal at CHS, covered by local media outlets and the Chester High School Sting newspaper.
Colvis said he will begin hitting the weight room hard the rest of this school year and he plans to take part in summer workouts at McKendree as soon as his new coaching staff sends him details.
"This has been the best year of my football career," he enthused. "We finished 7-4 and made the playoffs and got a first-round win. I am honored to have made the All-Conference and All-South football teams this year.
"I am thankful for my senior year successes and plan to continue next year at McKendree!"