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Claunch Hoping ASU Reciprocates Interest
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran wide receiver Chaz Claunch has had his hands full with football this off-season. With a new Lancers' coaching staff coming in under Chuck Peterson, the 6'1", 175 lb. prospect is finding himself on the other side of the ball. "It's been a hard adjustment because the focus for me is now to be playing defense, at cornerback, and I'm used to playing receiver. From what the coaches have said, I'll be playing both sides of the ball this year," he said. Claunch, who is working to gain about ten pounds before the season begins, has been focused on translating his skill set to the defensive side of the ball. "My speed is probably my greatest strength as a player. I also have good quickness. I feel like if I just trust my player instinct on the field, I end up playing better," he said. There are a few other areas that Claunch is also improving upon. "I'm working on my strength. I think I lack a little bit in size, so I'm working to put on more weight. I'm also working on adjusting to the ball," he said. Claunch has heard from a few programs, including Indiana and Northern Arizona, but doesn't hesitate when it comes to one of his top schools of interest: Arizona State. "It's close to some of my family who lives out there, and I love the atmosphere. I liked the people and I love that it's a big school; you get the chance to meet a lot of new people. The football has a great history, and that's a big thing to me," he said. Claunch took a visit to campus in late March and will attend the Sun Devils' camp on the 4th-6th. He also will "possibly" attend both Northern Arizona and San Diego State's camps, as well. "I see myself at receiver at the next level, but I'm an athlete. I could play anywhere the coaches wanted me to play," he said. Ultimately, Claunch is keeping hope that a coach will take notice of the hard work he's put in over the past few seasons. "We have had a lot of coaches come down, mainly for John Lopez. But coaches have been coming from all over. It doesn't add pressure as much as I hope that someone will catch me in the eye. I've always been behind players and had to prove myself, and I hope they see me on the field," he said.
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