Posted On: 09/6/18 7:00 AM
Chase McClain went into the summer looking to make a name for himself. Consider the job done. The steady 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard from Mountain View High School shined at multiple events in July, catching the eyes of college coaches on the sidelines. While he’s still waiting for his first scholarship offer, there is one school that has really emerged as a leader in his growing college recruitment.
“I went to elite camp at Cal State Fullerton and they really liked me as a point guard,” McClain said. “They were talking about how they would start me off there and then move me up to being a scorer. I really like the environment that they have there and how the team, they all do stuff together after practice. I like how the coaches are always checking up on the players with their classes.”
McClain has enjoyed talking with head coach Dedrique Taylor and his staff and the Titans seemingly have exactly what he’s looking for in a program. “I really like where the school is placed – it’s close to the beach,” McClain continued. “And with schooling, they have what I want to major in, sports medicine.”
McClain went as far to say that if Cal State Fullerton were to offer a scholarship, he’d likely jump on it. Otherwise, he continues to hear from other programs. This summer he also attended elite camp at Northwest Nazarene and he continues to talk with Concordia (Ore.), Whitman, and George Fox and is looking at making unofficial visits to all three this fall.
“Really, I’m open,” McClain said. “It starts out with me with schooling and if they have the degree that I’m going for – that’s my number one thing. Then second would be coaching and their staff and how they run everything.”
Overall, McClain is happy with how things have turned out. Not only did he grab some attention from colleges, his other goal was to make improvements with his game. “Probably the biggest thing was not really worrying about scoring,” McClain said. “I played good defense and I improved my IQ and making plays for others.”
McClain currently ranks as the #24 player in the PrepHoops Class of 2019 rankings.