South Bend, IN– The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team received great news last week when wide receiver Chase Claypool from British Columbia officially committed to Notre Dame on Friday. His size and strength will make him a valuable player when he reaches campus next summer.
At 6’5” and 205lbs, Claypool has the ability to be a red zone threat as a receiver. His raw athleticism is so impressive, however, that his position can change when he reaches Notre Dame. He has the body type to play tight end, safety or even linebacker.
Claypool chose Notre Dame over other schools like Rutgers, Michigan and Oregon. He is ranked as the No. 55 receiver in the 2016 class and No. 331 overall.
Claypool recently impressed scouts at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon in what is known as The Opening. This is where football prospects from around North America come to improve their skills. At Beaverton, Claypool was matched against other top recruits and showed his unique abilities.
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Football in Canada is different than what it is here in the states and that is something he will have to adjust to. He can’t really on his length and athleticism alone by the time he reaches South Bend.
Claypool could be a very valuable asset as receiver with Corey Robinson most likely going to the NFL after this season. His height is similar to Robinson’s and his speed can allow him to make big plays downfield.
With Claypool preparing for his senior season in high school, things can change between now and next summer. His quick progression could move him up the rankings and he can be a top 10 WR recruit by year’s end. Hopefully one thing that doesn’t change is his commitment to Notre Dame and he can be an impact player for the Irish in the coming years.