Claypool talks upcoming commitment

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Receiver Chase Claypool previews his upcoming announcement from The Opening with Irish Illustrated. Notre Dame remains in solid shape.

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Wide receiver Chase Claypool entered the Crowne Plaza outside Portland sporting a yellow Oregon visor around his neck.

“It’s mainly because I’m in Oregon,” Claypool said. “I’m making a commitment soon, though, and Oregon is one of the schools I’ll choose from.”

The four-star athlete from Abbotsford, B.C., will announce his commitment live on ESPNU on Friday, July 10.  Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Rutgers and Washington make up his top five.

“I’m really excited,” Claypool said. “I’m ready to get it over with, but I’m excited.” 

Claypool took his first visit to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion. Less than a week following that trip, he announced his intentions to publicize his commitment at The Opening.

“I love Notre Dame’s campus,” Claypool said. “It’s beautiful. The campus, everything. The coaches are great too, and I feel like I already know them pretty well.”
 
Notre Dame currently projects Claypool as a wide receiver with the option to develop into a hybrid tight end or outside linebacker. Oregon is recruiting Claypool to play defense.

Claypool also took visits to Michigan and Oregon in June, prior to the Irish Invasion.

“I like the facilities and the success (Oregon) has had developing players in the past 10 years,” Claypool said.

The 6-foot-5, 212-pound athlete says he does not have preference of position, though he’ll work out this week at wide receiver.

“I think my athleticism will my biggest (strength) this week,” Claypool said. “But then again everyone here is super athletic, so I would say it will be my ability to learn and adjust.”

Claypool will be the lone player representing Canada at The Opening.

“I want to rep not only my city but also my country and my future school,” Claypool said. “I don’t feel a lot of pressure, but there’s going to be a lot of people watching so I want to perform well.”

Claypool is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 15 tight end in the Class of 2016.


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