Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade commits to Nicholls State _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Archbishop Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade scrambles against Catholic High, Friday, Sept. 26 in Baton Rouge's Olympia Stadium.

As a sophomore, Chase Fourcade helped lead Rummel to a state championship.

After coming up short as a junior, the quarterback is hoping to help the Raiders hoist another trophy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in December.

He got the recruiting part out of the way on Monday, committing to Nicholls State.

“I wanted to get it out the way so I could just focus on my senior season,” Fourcade said. “I can just focus on trying to win a championship.”

Fourcade, the son of former Ole Miss linebacker Keith Fourcade and the nephew of ex-Saints quarterback John Fourcade, chose Nicholls State over McNeese State. He also had offers from Northwestern State, Louisiana-Monroe, Austin Peay and Arkansas State.

“I think I have a chance to play early there, and the relationship I had with the coaches was really good,” Fourcade said. “When I went on my visit to the campus, the atmosphere was perfect, and it seemed like a really good fit. They have a new coaching staff, and I knew they were going to be a program that is on the rise.”

The 6-foot, 180-pound Fourcade is entering his third season as a starter at Rummel.

As a junior, he threw for over 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for another 600 yards to help the Raiders win the Catholic League title. Rummel finished 11-1 and reached the semifinals of the Division I playoffs, falling to eventual champion Jesuit in the semifinals.

“Nicholls is getting a football junkie,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “Chase is just a kid who loves the game of football. It’s his life almost, and he is just a great leader. And he has so much hidden potential that he hasn’t even tapped yet. His best football is ahead of him.”

Fourcade is also a standout in baseball, where he was named the first-team catcher on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team.

But he said he will just concentrate on football in college. He said the decision was easy to give up baseball after high school.

“I always knew I wanted to just focus on one sport in college,” Fourcade said.

Fourcade is one of several seniors on this year’s Rummel team expected to play in college.

Defensive lineman Briston Guidry has already committed to Arkansas, and defensive back Kristian Fulton is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the nation.

“I knew Nicholls was the right place for me,” Fourcade said.