Federal Way 2015 RB/SB high on Cougs

BELLEVUE--He checks in at 5-8, 170 pounds and to say he plays bigger than his size is an understatement. The class of 2015 RB/SLOT WR prospect, who can blow by defenders in a flash, put on a show Sunday at the 2013 Northwest College Showcase. The in-state product already holds five Pac-12 offers, including one that recently came in from Washington State. CF.C talked to him about that and more...

Chico McClatcher is a player that Cougar fans are going to want to keep their eye on for the class of '15. The Federal Way High running back has seen his recruitment explode this spring, which included an offer from the Cougs back in late May.

"I'm very interested in Wazzu right now," McClatcher said. "They're a program on the rise and I feel like they're getting better and better. Washington State was a good offer for me and I'm still excited about it."

At Interlake High on Sunday for the NW College Showcase, McClatcher displayed why college coaches want him to be a part of their offense. He showed great speed lined up in the slot and had secure hands to match. McClatcher beat defensive backs on numerous occasions and also showed some good leaping abilities during 1-on-1 drills.

He's being recruited by the Cougs at two different spots and the WSU point man for his recruiting is area recruiter Eric Russell.

"They're looking at me as kind of an athlete right now," McClatcher said. "I could play running back for the Cougars, but I could line up in the slot at receiver as well. I'm trying to show colleges that I could be an every down back for their offense. At the same time, I can make plays in the slot If I have to as well.

"I've talked with a few of the WSU coaches and they told me I'm welcome in Pullman anytime this summer for an unofficial visit. I'm thinking about going when I have some time. I have a couple friends that I went to high school with at Wazzu, so it would be nice to go out there and meet with the coaches and visit with my friends while I'm out there too."

IN ADDITION TO WSU, McClatcher holds offers from Arizona, Boise State, UCLA, UW, Utah and Portland State. He added that he has no leaders at this point and that he's going to take the recruitment process in stride.

"I'm just very blessed right now," McClatcher said. "It's humbling to have all these schools offer me and at the same time, it makes me want to keep working harder. My goal is to keep getting better and help my team get a state championship."

AS FOR THE rest of the action on the field Sunday, there were other class of 2015 players who turned some heads at Interlake as well. On the offensive line, Newport hoss Calvin Throckmorton did some great things during 1-on-1 drills.

Throckmorton stands 6-6, 250-pounds and has the frame to put on quite a bit of weight. What I liked most about Throckmorton's game was his explosiveness. He got beat on a few occasions by quicker defensive ends, but his ability to bounce back and jump the line was impressive. He just picked up an offer from UW over the weekend and said he was extremely excited about that offer. He added that the WSU coaches have also contacted him and are showing him interest. Other schools such as Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon and Wyoming have been sending him letters.

Other class of 2015 prospects who had good performances on Sunday included Skyline DE/TE Cameron Saffle (earned MVP honors at UW camp this weekend) and Curtis High School WR Jayson Williams.

Williams in particular showed great hands during 1-on-1s and did a great job of catching the ball at its highest point.

  • WSU has seven known verbal commits for the 2014 class but they've also been busy in offering 2015 prospects. Washington State has extended 17 known offers to members of the '15 group.

  • One of those 2015 prospects was OL Trey Adams, who was offered by WSU last weekend. However, the 6-6, 275-pounder received an offer from UW, whom he called his dream school, this weekend during their Rising Stars camp and the Wenatchee product committed to the Huskies early Sunday morning.

  • Check back on CF.C this week for an update on the class of 2014 prospects at the NW College Showcase, including an interview with Mountlake Terrace RB/LB Devante Downs.

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