McClatcher Still Interested in UCLA

The Federal Way (Wash.) 2015 running back, Chico McClatcher, is still showing interest in UCLA...

Federal Way (Wash.) 2015 four-star running back Chico McClatcher (5-8, 173), is well into his junior season, his Eagles in to the 4A state semifinals.

"A lot of schools are showing interest in me that haven't offered, but I'm taking the recruiting process slow and not letting it pressure me at all," said McClatcher. "Right now, my focus is on winning the state championship and we're another step closer. I'm worrying about Chiawana. And the possibility of getting to the Tacoma Dome. That would be very exciting."

McClatcher played a major role in the Eagles quarterfinal win over Richland (Wash.), scoring three touchdowns on runs, throwing a touchdown pass that put Federal Way in the lead and then intercepting two passes.

"I think my favorite play of the night was the touchdown pass," said McClatcher. "We had been working on that toss pass. The line did great and the receivers did good at faking it out. I had to throw a perfect pass. We got flagged on it either but we had to run the play again. We didn't panic."

McClatcher also took pride in his defensive exploits and was a little disappointed that Richland avoided kicking to him, constantly kicking short and giving Federal Way a short field to work with.

"I'd rather they kick it to me, but if we only have half the field, that works too," said McClatcher. "They had a good game plan, but we played well. If you wear this blue jersey, you represent the whole Federal Way history and everyone before. And you have to play hard whenever you put it on."

After his done putting it on, McClatcher will have his choice of schools to play for.

McClatcher is holding steady at seven offers and another school that hasn't offered, is staying in regular contact with him.

"Washington and Oregon have been the most on me," said McClatcher. "Even though I don't have an offer from Oregon right now, I think they're close. And Washington has been on me awhile and it's close to home and all my family would be able to see me."

McClatcher said he's also interested in the other schools he has offers from, including Washington State, Arizona State, Boise State, UCLA, Utah and Portland State.

"It's still early so I'm taking it slow and I'll worry about it after the season," said McClatcher.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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