BEAVERTON, Ore. – Four months ago Chase Claypool held zero offers.
When Nevada tried to become the first in April, the 6-foot-5, 212-pound athlete assumed there was some social media misunderstanding.
“I was at my house and like 10 coaches from Nevada followed me on Twitter and I didn’t follow them back because I didn’t know, right?” Claypool said. “I told my coach that I think they made a mistake or something.”
Now Claypool is two days away from ending a recruitment he thought would never get started. On Friday, Claypool will choose among Notre Dame, Oregon and Michigan, with the Irish favorites for the product of Abbotsford, B.C., in Canada. The Irish see a receiver, Oregon sees a linebacker and Michigan sees a tight end.
For Claypool, who also checked out Rutgers this spring, it’s a rapid finish to a whirlwind process.
He’s ready for it to be over.
“I’ve got a pretty good idea (where I’m going),” Claypool said. “I wanted to enjoy the experience and I thought I did pretty well. Now I’m excited, just anxious. Unless there’s a coaching change or something … that I don’t like or something that I don’t know of, (when) I commit I’ll be solid until something like that happens.”
On Wednesday morning Claypool competed in the testing portion of The Opening. He posted a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash, 35.1 inches in the vertical jump, a 4.31 in the agility drills and 33.5 feet in the power ball throw. His 40-yard dash, vertical and agility all ranked in at least the 94th percentile.
“I should have got a way faster 40, but most guys felt that way,” Claypool said. “I can do a 4.55 if I train a little more. I know I can do that.”
Claypool didn’t see an event like The Opening coming last winter when he thought he could play his way into a college scholarship in basketball more than football. He wondered if he needed to transfer to a school in the United States for more exposure, at least until the Nevada offer came. Once it did, football replaced basketball in his training.
Claypool attended the Irish Invasion last month and ranked among the best prospects at the event. That first look at Notre Dame continues to stick with Claypool. The Irish hope to get him back this fall.
“The thing that impressed me most was that first night, there was a movie playing in the middle of campus, that was really cool. It showed you the activities there,” Claypool said. “I saw guys do their OTAs, I got to sit down, eat with some of the guys, got a good feel for everything.”