Rettig Is Looking To Prove Himself

Chase Rettig is using the spring evaluation period to show college recruiters what he's got.

Notre Dame is one of the many programs wanting to get a better look.

Out on the road evaluating quarterbacks, Irish assistant coaches Ron Powlus and Brian Polian stopped by San Clemente (Calif.) High on Tuesday to evaluate Chase Rettig.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Rettig threw for the Irish coaches for roughly 30 minutes, and came away feeling positive about the workout.

"I showed them that I have one of the strongest arms in my class," Rettig said. "That they can tell I can make all the throws on the field, and my footwork and technique is good and just that I'm polished."

Per NCAA rules, Polian and Powlus, who is Notre Dame's quarterbacks coach, were not allowed to speak with Rettig while on school grounds, but they were allowed to discuss what they thought about it with his head coach.

"They said it was great to see me throw in person. I don't think they were expecting the performance I put on in front of them. From what I hear from my coach, I think they were pleased and excited."

So was Rettig.

Soon after the visit, Rettig was able to personally hear from the Irish coaches about his visit when he gave them a call.

"They said I was throwing the ball really good, and that they're really excited about recruiting, and that they think it's really important for me to come out to there camp, for all their coaches to see me," Rettig explained.

"Right now at this moment, I plan on going to it, but we'll see. I'm planning on going to it, and I told those guys I'd make my best effort to go to it, but anything can happen. I'm going to be traveling a lot to get to any camps that I can."

Rettig is still looking for his first offer, and feels that it could come in the near future. Besides the Irish, Rettig says he's hearing from the entire Pac 10 conference, as well as places like Tennessee, North Carolina and Boston College.

Back in the fall, Rettig took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame for the Pittsburgh game. He liked the campus a lot, and is really hoping for an Irish offer.

"It would be a big deal," Rettig stated. "Notre Dame is a great program. Great history. It would just be a good thing because right now recruiting is getting serious. I haven't been officially offered yet, but I think the first offer is going to show a lot, and a commitment to me that they really want me there as their quarterback."

There is no doubt that San Clemente High is happy to have Rettig as its quarterback. Rettig's father's job situation had the family recently move from Pasadena, where Rettig was a two-year starter for La Salle, to South Orange County. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns, leading his team to a league championship and the second round of the state playoffs. As a junior, 10 injuries on offense limited what Rettig could do, and his numbers dropped to 1,275 yards passing and 13 scores.

"I definitely think it's going to give me an opportunity to compete and play in a great league against great competition," Rettig said of his new home. "I like it. Nice people. Great coaches. The school's good and I get to be with my family down here."

As the spring-evaluation period continues, Rettig is expecting several other schools to make it to campus.

"I've talked to a lot of coaches, and they said they're going to come out in the spring to watch me throw, but it's so much more important they have the chance to get me to their camp so I can throw how they want me to throw and they can talk to me and coach me."

Rettig can't wait to prove himself.


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