Mass. OL Has Many Interested

When you're measuring out at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, and can run a forty yard dash in 5.2 seconds, you're going to be a highly sought after recruit. That's exactly the position Phillips Academy standout offensive lineman Chris Shannon finds himself in. TDD spoke with Shannon Tuesday night for an update on his recruiting process, which is gaining steam.

"Right now I have offers from Maryland and Duke," says Chris Shannon (6'6, 300, 5.2, OT). "My top schools are Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia, Stanford, Penn State, Boston College, Maryland, and Duke."

The Terrapins were the first to offer Shannon, just after he returned to school from Christmas break. Soon after the Blue Devils sent in theirs. From there the recruiting process has switched gears as every school on the big lineman's list began stepping up their efforts.

"Right now they can't call me, I can only call them. However, they can use text messages and I get those routinely from the coaches at Notre Dame and Duke does that a lot as well. I get a lot of letters from Maryland, Michigan, and Boston College as well."

With each school on his list offering different combinations of success in the classroom and on the field, Shannon knows that any forthcoming decision will require a great deal of consideration. It's why he's unlikely to move towards his college decision any time soon.

"I haven't even thought about official visits yet. I'll probably decide on those towards the end of the summer and take them before and after the football season. As far as making a decision goes, I haven't thought that far ahead yet. Where ever I go, it'll be a school that is the best fit with academics and football."

Still, it seems like he is considering two distinct groups of programs with the Irish, Wolverines, Nittany Lions, Eagles, and Cavaliers routinely in the top 25, while the Blue Devils, Cardinal, and Terrapins are each looking to improve and return to that status. That likely means the first group are looking to redshirt any incoming linemen, while the second group would offer more immediate playing time.

"That's a big selling point for those schools. Obviously it's appealing to think I could be a three or four year starter, and a school like Duke has a real need at my position. At those other schools it would be a situation where you'd really have to put the time in before you could get on the field. Either way, my goal is to work hard and improve as much as I can to fight for a spot."

"If I went to a school that didn't have a lot of success in the past, it doesn't matter. I'm going to work as hard as I can to win a national title. It may not be realistic at some schools, but that doesn't mean you don't give it your all to accomplish that goal. I've found that if all 11 guys on the team give it their all and put in the effort they should, the scoreboard usually takes care of itself."

Shannon currently lines up at left tackle for Phillips, and would like to continue at that position in college. However he's also able to move around the line, and has done so for most of his gridiron career.

"I played center before and I am the team's long snapper on PATs and punts. That kind of versatility will be beneficial as I go along."

Depending on scheduling, Shannon expects to camp with Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia, Penn State, Stanford, and Boston College this summer.

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