Bright future for big receiver

Christian Gann from Chaparral High School in Parker is a big wide receiver with a lot to learn about the position he began playing last fall as a junior. Despite his relative inexperience catching passes, he's already hearing from plenty of major college programs. Get inside for more.

Christian Gann, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver from Chaparral High School in Parker said he is being recruited by Colorado State, Minnesota, Kansas State and Utah but is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.

Gann said he hasn't heard from Colorado coaches but he hopes to as the recruiting process moves forward this spring and summer.

"I wouldn't mind looking at them because I like Big conferences and it would be fun to play in big games and they're close by," Gann said.

Gann said he was born in California but has lived in Colorado since he was 3. He said he was a Colorado fan through most of that time but switched his allegiance to Colorado State when his older brother became a tight end with the Rams. He said he would not be opposed to switching back if a CU offer came his way.

Gann said he hopes to stay fairly close to home for college, which is a factor working in favor of area schools. But he said he would not pass up a major college offer to stay home and play for smaller school.

Gann is just beginning to blossom as a receiver. He still has a very big upside.

"I played quarterback my whole life until just this last summer," Gann said. "I switched to receiver because we had a kid who was a quarterback transfer from our crosstown rival. We were battling it out for the quarterback job and we went to a seven-on-seven and our top three receivers were all either out of town or hurt.

"We were putting kids everywhere and I played a little bit of receiver and I did really good. So they decided to move me there because I was a better athlete and it made sense."

Gann caught 23 passes during his junior season for 459 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two rushes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Those statistics won't knock a lot of socks off, but they came during a season in which Gann broke his left hand in the second game of the year and played in only eight games.

In fact, Gann convinced his coach to let him play in one game for 10 plays while he was still wearing a cast resembling a club on his hand. He said he learned to catch the ball despite the club and that experience has made him a better receiver.

Gann attended a junior day at CSU already this year and is considering which football camps he will attend this summer.

Gann said improving his speed is his primary goal between now and the start of his senior season. He said he runs a solid 4.6-second 40-yard dash now and believes he can knock a second off that time.

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