2019 WA ATH Ready to Face Midwest Competition

June 7, 2017
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2019 Union (Wash.) athlete Darien Chase will make the trip from the Northwest to the Midwest this weekend for Irish Invasion. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has done well against the competition in his area but showcasing his abilities outside of the region was an important factor in making the trip to South Bend.

“I am excited to get out to Notre Dame and compete against the Midwest competition,” Chase told Irish Sports Daily. “I wanted to compete against more than just West Coast players. I am looking forward to competing against some of the best players in the country.”

Notre Dame was at Chase’s high school in May to check on the rising junior and then offered him the chance to compete at Irish Invasion.  

“Coach Brian Polian stopped by my school last month,” stated Chase. “I have only gotten to speak with him a little over the last few weeks. He invited me to Irish Invasion and told me I was one of the top athletes in my recruiting class.”

Chase is still looking for his first offer but by the time all is said and done, the Washington native will have plenty of offers to sort through. The local schools are recruiting him the hardest as of now, but an offer from a school like Notre Dame could have a domino effect.

“Boise State, Oregon, Utah, and Washington State are recruiting me the hardest right now,” explained Chase. “I have been to Oregon, and that’s pretty much I have been to this year. I have been to Washington State as well.”

On his visit to Oregon, Chase found out the Ducks wanted him to play defensive back over receiver and he also was made aware the staff had changed.

“Oregon wants me to play defensive back, but I didn’t know they had a whole new coaching staff,” stated Chase. “When I got there, it seemed a lot newer and I didn’t know a lot about the program. They taught me a lot, so it was a good trip.”

Chase doesn’t have a preference on which side of the ball he plays in college and will look for the best situation to see the field. One thing Chase does want in college is something Notre Dame can offer.

“I am still figuring it out,” Chase said of what will factor into his decision. “I know I am looking for a great academic situation.”
After Notre Dame, Chase will head back home and then set out on quite a few visits and camps over the next month.  

“I will be at Notre Dame, Oregon two weeks after that and then I will be at Washington State and Washington in July,” said Chase.
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