The long held theory that Canadian football is not on par with American football is starting to pivot. Each year more and more high school talent from up north is making their way south to play college ball in the U.S. Another recruit helping open the floodgates is wide receiver Chase Claypool.
Colleges south of the Canadian border are very familiar with Claypool. The 6-foot-5, 214-pound receiver reports 14 scholarship offers with teams like Oregon, Rutgers, Michigan, Arizona, Tennessee, Washington and Nebraska seeking the red zone target on their squad at the next level.
On July 7, Claypool broke down his list to five — Rutgers, Notre Dame, Oregon, Michigan and Washington. Many believed the battle was between Oregon and Notre Dame with Washington pushing for a regional advantage.
Claypool committed to the Fighting Irish during ESPNU’s telecast of "The Opening" becoming the 12th verbal commitment for Notre Dame. During the on-the-field activities at the Nike camp Claypool demonstrated his effectiveness in the passing game. Due to his frame and athleticism he could be an outside receiver or add weight and become a nightmare mismatch for defensive coordinators as a pass-catching tight end.
Notre Dame 2016 Verbal Commitment List
OG Parker Boudreaux, 6-4, 287 lbs, Bishop Moore Catholic, Orlando, Florida
WR Chase Claypool, 6-5, 214 lbs, Abbotsford HS, Abbotsford, British Columbia
OT Liam Eichenberg, 6-6, 290 lbs, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, Ohio
CB/WR Jalen Elliott, 6-1, 175 lbs, Lloyd C. Bird HS, Chesterfield, Virginia
LB Jamir Jones, 6-3, 230 lbs, Aquinas Institute, Rochester, New York
RB Tony Jones Jr., 6-0, 212 lbs, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida
OT Tommy Kraemer, 6-5, 305 lbs, Elder HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
CB Julian Love, 5-11, 175 lbs, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Illinois
DE Julian Okwara, 6-4, 220 lbs, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, North Carolina
SS Spencer Perry, 6-3, 200 lbs, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida
LS John Shannon, 6-2, 230 lbs, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Illinois
WR Kevin Stepherson, 6-0, 180 lbs, First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Florida
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.