Canadian receiver ready for Invasion

MACOMB, Mich. - Four-star receiver Chase Claypool will get his first look at Notre Dame this week when he hits the Irish Invasion. That follows camps in Michigan and Oregon for the fast-rising Canadian athlete.

MACOMB, Mich. - Chase Claypool will be used to the inside of airplanes after this month.

Last week the four-star receiver from Abbotsford, B.C., in Canada put in two days of work at the Sound Mind, Sound Body Football Academy outside Detroit. He followed that up by participating at The Opening Regional in Eugene, Ore.

Even more camps are coming the next few weeks — trips to Notre Dame and Rutgers are planned — as part of an offseason meant to sharpen skills and hone a recruitment.

“It always helps,” Claypool said. “In Canada they play a little different. Because of my size, I don’t get pressed. Down here I'm gonna get pressed. It’s good to work on that technique. People that have been through it have been telling me stuff and giving me advice on how to handle it. It’s good to come down here.”

Claypool will be back in the Midwest come Friday for a trip to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion.

Head coach Brian Kelly and associate head coach Mike Denbrock watched the 6-foot-5, 212-pound prospect last week at Sound Mind, Sound Body. Denbrock and recruiting coordinator Mike Elston have been keeping in regular contact.

“They came down (to school),” Claypool said. “Coach came down to visit me and told me a lot about their school. We’ve been staying in touch a lot on the phone.”

As Claypool learns more about Notre Dame he said he’s discovered a “uniqueness” about the program.

“There’s so many things,” Claypool said. “How their players room with not their teammates but people from around the country maybe. They’re a private school, obviously. The amount of kids they have on campus and the education they have to offer. Those things.”

Notre Dame is on the offer list along with Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Rutgers, Utah and Washington.

Rutgers, one of the first offers, is scheduled receive a camp visit June 27-28.

“I’m not looking to narrow it down now,” Claypool said. “If it gets a little busier then I might have to let the schools know, the ones that I can’t visit. I’ll know that pretty soon. I’ll narrow it down to like a top 10 and maybe if I’m really sure a top five.”

Whenever that cut comes Claypool will base it on certain factors.

“Definitely education,” he said. “So like, how many players graduate. Then how I click with everyone. What the team is like, the coaching style. Those are the basic things.”


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