DITR: LB Chase Blackwell, Covington High School (Covington, LA)

Meet Covington High School linebacker Chase Blackwell. Chase, who is 5’9″ and weighs 195 pounds, is a force on the field because of his skill, tenacity, and steadfast dedication. Chase is an accomplished football player with ten years of experience, three of which were spent in high school. He has expertise in all aspects of the game. He has developed an unmatched ability to read plays before they happen and predict the moves of other teams.

In recognition to his work ethic and dedication, Chase’s outstanding performance in 2023 earned him the honor of being named to the 2nd Team All-District. But what really makes him strong isn’t the recognition he receives; rather, it’s his unwavering drive for perfection and his determination to put his all into every performance.

For Chase, football is a passion that continuously drives him to develop as a player and a person. It’s more than simply a sport. Being a member of a football team is about more than just winning games; it’s about friendship, cooperation, and a shared goal. A eager player off the field, Chase is constantly willing to take in new tactics and methods to improve his performance on game day. He is a brilliant player and leader both on and off the field, and shows that with his remarkable 4.5 GPA.

Chase Blackwell will undoubtedly continue to have an impact on the football field as Covington High looks to the future. Chase is not only a beast on the football field but has limitless potential to succeed in the football world.


See this Q&A below to learn more about Chase and his football journey.

How did you get started in football, and what inspired you to play the sport?

I got started in football when I was 5 and was inspired by my dad who played college football.

Can you share a memorable moment or game that stands out in your football career so far?

Game 4 of the 2022 season. I was able to get my first varsity start as a sophomore alongside my brother.

What positions do you enjoy playing the most, and why?

I enjoy playing linebacker the most as it allows for contact every play. The linebacker is also a leader on the defense and communicates a lot.

How do you balance schoolwork and football during the season?

I balance schoolwork and sports by getting my school work done in class and not procrastinating. I try my hardest to finish school work as soon as possible to give myself the best opportunity to watch and study film.

What aspects of your game do you feel you have improved upon the most since you started playing?

Since I started playing I have greatly improved my speed which allows me to make plays that I usually wouldn’t be able to make. I also feel that my open field tackling has greatly improved.

What are your individual goals for the upcoming football season?

For the upcoming year I would like to lead the team in tackles again and be awarded with first team All-district.

Are there any professional football players you look up to, and if so, why? 

 I look up to Luke Kuechly. He is a great linebacker as he not only excelled in the game but put crazy amount of time into preparation such as film study to help him excel.

How do you stay motivated during practices and training sessions, especially when facing tough drills or exercises?

I stay motivated by always wanting to be better and better. The moment you become satisfied is when other competition pulls away. I know that I need to stay motivated to achieve my goals that I have set no matter the difficulty of the task.

What advice would you give to other young players? 

Have discipline and stay true to yourself. If you stay consistent you will see progress.

Aside from football, what is an interesting fact about you? 

I really like the outdoors and love to hunt and fish.

Which college would you most like to play for? 

I have no certain college in mind and I am simply looking for a coach that takes a chance on me.

What are your biggest strengths on the field? 

My biggest strength on the field is my ability to be like a second coach. The preparation that I put in on my free time allows me to understand and help my teammates.

What is the biggest challenge you face on the field? 

The biggest challenge that I face is my size as many underestimate what I can do.

How has playing football impacted other areas of your life, such as academics and personal life?

Football gives me something to look forward to and to strive toward. Anytime life gets hard or school gets hard I know that I can go to the field to relieve the stress.