Football: Chase Rettig to transfer to San Clemente

Highly-touted junior quarterback Chase Rettig has filed paperwork to transfer to San Clemente High, La Salle High School athletic director Jon Matheus confirmed Monday evening.

“The reason he gave to school and to me in a letter and phone call was the father has a business and works down in south Orange County,” Matheus siad. “He’s been down there for a couple years and the drive over 100 miles a day is too a long drive.

“They thought it’d be best for him to see him play and enroll in a school down there. He’s going to start in the second semester; we lost a good one.”

Rettig (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) threw for 1,275 yards and 13 touchdowns for an injury-plagued La Salle team.

From the Orange County Register’s high school blog:

Touted La Salle of Pasadena quarterback Chase Rettig (6-3, 195) has filed preliminary paperwork to enroll at San Clemente, Tritons athletic director Jon Hamro said Monday afternoon.

Hamro added that the senior-to-be is not officially enrolled at San Clemente yet.

The South Coast League has been intriguing the past two seasons, and it had four excellent quarterbacks this past season. But Robbie Picazo (Tesoro), Allan Bridgford (Mission Viejo), Sean Schroeder (Dana Hills) and Duke DeLancellotti (San Clemente) all graduate in the spring, so the Tritons could have the best QB in the league – and perhaps the county – next season.

In an unrelated note, La Salle has hired Sheldon Williams to be the school’s full-time strength and conditioning coach.

“That’ll be a help to all of our sports across the board,” Matheus said. “We’ll eliminate injuries because we did have key injuries last year. We feel a lot of schools are going that route and we’re alway trying to, hopefully, be a step ahead.”

The Lancers, who finished 1-9 last season under Antoine Peterson in his first season at the helm, have the same schedule as last year with the exception of Blair who the Lancers will play in Week 3.

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