July 13, 2009
BC lands California QB
The de-commitment of Michigan quarterback Joe Boisture, who committed to Michigan State, hurt Boston College's chances at landing a top signal-caller in the 2010 class. However, the Eagles have landed on their feet with a commitment from one of California's top quarterbacks.
"I committed to Boston College," said 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback Chase Rettig from San Clemente, Calif., who chose the Eagles over an offer from Tennessee. "I felt I didn't need to wait any longer because I felt comfortable with my choice. BC was the first team to offer me and that showed their commitment to me. I felt comfortable when I was there at camp and had a lot of fun and felt good with the coaches. There's also a chance to play right away and BC produces NFL quarterbacks. It was nothing that BC or Tennessee did right or wrong, it was more about a feeling I had."
"Chase is a very loyal kid," said Anton Clarkson, Rettig's quarterback coach and the son of renowned QB guru Steve Clarkson. "He felt it was the best fit for him and BC took a chance on him as his first offer and he didn't forget that. He liked both schools, but in the end it seemed BC was where he felt he fit the best."
Rettig, who was a standout at both the Tennessee and Boston College camps, received an offer from the Vols last week following the Boston College offer. Many expected him to choose Tennessee.
"I liked Tennessee a lot and felt I did good there, but I never heard back from them after a few days after the camp," he said. "I wasn't sure how interested they were after that, but then they offered me right around the time I was thinking about committing to BC. It gave me something to think about and both schools are great, but I was already pretty much sold on BC."
Rettig credits much of the Boston College staff with making him feel comfortable in Boston.
"Coach Brock, coach Siravo and coach Tranquill were all recruiting me but it was mainly coach Brock who is a guy coach Clarkson knows and feels comfortable with," he said. "I like the situation at BC and I'm glad the process is over with. For the longest time I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting offers so it was a bit frustrating, but in the end choosing between two great programs like BC and Tennessee was tough but I'm thankful for the opportunities."
As for what kind of quarterback Boston College is getting, Clarkson is confident they will be pleased.
"He's a very smart kid and a hard worker," Clarkson said. "He will run through a wall for you and I think he has the strongest arm in the country. He can easily make all the throws and he's one of my favorite kids to work with. He played in an offense last year where he had to run the ball a lot and that's not his strength. He's a drop-back guy who can gun the ball and he didn't get to do that enough. I think that's one of the reasons he didn't have a bunch of early offers. But he's got the right fit now in Boston."
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