Cali JUCO receiver has strong SMU interest

Chase Fletcher is a name to remember. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, the JUCO WR from Santa Monica has an ideal blend of size and speed (4.5). Last season, Fletcher led his team in both scoring and all-purpose yardage and -- perhaps most importantly to him -- was named Student/Athlete of the Year at his school.

Chase Fletcher has done well for himself since leaving his home state of Louisiana. During Fletcher's prep football career at St. Charles Catholic (LaPlace, La.), his class went 41-9 and reached back-to-back state championship games vs. John Curtis Christian. Fletcher, who played alongside current Tulane WR Casey Robottom, butted heads with then-Curtis stars Joe McKnight, P.J. Smith (Nebraska), Robby Green (Alabama), and Alex Lauricella (Tulane).

While Fletcher had a more than adequate test score of 20 on the ACT, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver says that he "played around" in the classroom and was forced, as a result, to take the JUCO route out of high school.

That detour, however, was likely a blessing in disguise, as Fletcher has thrived at Santa Monica College in California.

"I like it a lot out here," said Fletcher, who led his team in all-purpose yardage (1,091) and scoring (nine TDs) last season. "I was named Offensive MVP and Overall MVP of our team and I was honorable-mention All-Pacific Conference as an all-purpose player."

Last season, Fletcher caught 41 passes for 495 yards with eight TDs, to go along with 520 kickoff return yards (with a TD) and 62 punt return yards.

While those accolades are indeed impressive, Fletcher is perhaps most pleased with an off-the-field honor.

"I was named Student-Athlete of the Year at Santa Monica," he said, "and that's a big deal to me. My mom was really proud."

Fletcher, who is hearing from Ole Miss, Cincinnati, and some Florida four-year schools, has a keen interest in SMU.

"I like the way SMU spreads the field vertically and horizontally. They put up big numbers and make their system work. I think that I could help them. I've followed June Jones since he was at Hawaii and I watched him bring that program up with Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan. I remember watching SMU last year and I was impressed with their receiver, Emmanuel Sanders. I'd love to play in that run & shoot system."

Fletcher has already met the academic requirements to move on to a four-year school. However, he says that he'll likely play one more year at Santa Monica and then decide where to continue his career.

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