After a bidding war that saw some of the biggest American football programs vie for his services, Abbotsford senior secondary star receiver Chase Claypool announced Friday that he has committed to suit up for the legendary Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Claypool, who is entering his senior year at Abby senior, had been offered spots at more than a dozen football powerhouses, and his decision was broadcast on ESPN U. The 6’5″ receiver also plays defence and was touted as the top Canadian football recruit this year. Hailed as a “four-star recruit,” he made his announcement before The Opening, a Nike-sponsored showcase in Oregon for top high school football players.
“This whole recruiting process has been a blessing and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but I want to further my education and football career at the University of Notre Dame,” Claypool said, as he donned a Notre Dame cap.
I’m officially committed to…. Tune in to ESPNU at 5pm PST today 8pm EST #TheOpening
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) July 10, 2015
As offers began flooding in this spring and he weighed his options, Claypool’s recruitment had attracted notice from media across the United States.
Last month, he told The News he was “torn” about his decision, but excited by his football prospects.
Claypool told ESPN that he had a friend who pitched the school to him, and that he was impressed with his meeting with offensive co-ordinator Mike Denbrock.
“I connected with them on a personal level.”