Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bethlehem's Jason Clas Heading to Wagner College

Bethlehem running back Jason Clas has accepted a full scholarship to play football at Wagner University on Staten Island.

Clas visited the campus of Wagner College on Thursday and liked what he saw almost immediately, officially committing to the program on Friday night.

"When I went there, it's a beautiful campus and the team was great," Clas sadi. "The coaches were amazing."

As a senior, Clas racked up 837 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 117 carries for the Ealges. A two-way player, he also recorded 57 tackles and forced a team-high three fumbles against Class AA opponents. He was named a first-team Class AA Empire Division all-star as a defensive linemen.

Clas immediately felt a sense of belonging on the campus, meeting with his future teammates and coaches on the overnight visit.

"My hosts were just super nice to me," he said. "The thing is, the guys were so nice and welcoming. It was really great."

During his meetings with the Seahawks coaching staff, Clas was essentially told that he could play anywhere on the field and the current Bethlehem senior had a choice of positions. But, in a somewhat surprising turn, Clas will officially join Wagner as a tight end next fall, a position he played only a few times with the Eagles during his high school career.

"My junior year I played a little bit of tight end," Clas, who caught five passes for 38 yards this past year, said. "I've played everywhere on the field though. Tight end was really the best psot. It'll definitely be a fun experience."

Wagner competes in the Northeast Conference as a Division I-AA affiliate and last season posted a 3-8 overall record.

After picking up so many honors and accomplishments thorughout his high school career, Clas is ready and excited for the challenge in front of him. But while there are plenty of things that may be changing, the Bethlehem standout knows exactly what won't change when he transitions to the next level; his work ethic.

"I put in a lot of work this last off-season," Clas said. "That really helped me a lot. So I know that works."


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