McClatcher Working Hard

The Federal Way (Wash.) four-star athlete, Chico McClatcher, is working hard in the classroom and on the field and had a night to remember in game three...

Federal Way (Wash.) athlete Chico McClatcher (5-8, 170), doesn’t want to get too caught up in recruiting this month.

He wants to focus on getting the Eagles right, after starting 0-2 and suffering a lot of graduation losses. And he wants to buckle down in the classroom.

“Probably later in the fall, I’ll start setting up my visits, but right now, I just want to lay a little low,” said McClatcher. “By the time my season ends, I’ll start making trips, but I want to focus on helping my team and doing good in school.”

A four-year varsity player, McClatcher has a lot of attention paid to him this fall, with the offense running through him.

On Thursday night, he took out the frustrations of the first two games and had a career night.

McClatcher ran for 298 yards on just 15 carries and scored five touchdowns, to turn a close game in to a rout, and then sat out the second half to let backups play.

“I just want to help my team win,” said McClatcher. “I’m willing to take that role of leader. That’s why I’m waiting on recruiting a little bit. My game (Thursday), was probably my top one in high school. I just have to give it up to my offensive line because they were opening up the holes.”

Still, the four-star has a few schools in mind that he wants to visit when he does set those up.

Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Boise State are the main ones I’m looking at,” said McClatcher. “We’ll figure out when I can visit.”

The hometown Huskies continue to recruit him, but like him as a slot or athlete.

“Coach (Brent) Pease and Coach (Chris) Strausser are the main ones recruiting me,” said McClatcher.

Boise State has four-star quarterback commit Brett Rypien doing the heavy lifting for the Broncos.

“Brett hits me up all the time on Twitter and Facebook so we’ll make that visit soon,” said McClatcher.

Rod Smith at Arizona and Mike Tuiasosopo at UCLA are recruiting him, with a number of coaches at Arizona State doing the work.

“Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA are all schools I’m looking at too and want to visit,” said McClatcher.

Academically, McClatcher said he’s doing everything he needs to ensure his future.

“I’m just working hard in school and working on my tests,” said McClatcher.

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