Glenville's Next Star?

Cleveland Glenville has established itself as one of the top high schools in the Midwest for producing top football prospects, routinely sending players to Division-I colleges across America. One of the top youngsters in the program is top 2013 prospect Chris Overton. How are things going with his development?

One of the top players at Cleveland Glenville is 2013 prospect Chris Overton, an impressive all-around athlete who has looked good in limited opportunities so far.

Overton, 5-foot-9, 160-pounds, will probably start at quarterback this coming season, replacing the departed Cardale Jones, but projects as a slot receiver at the next level.

"I'm really working right now on speed and strength most of all," Overton stated. "Next season, I believe I will be playing both quarterback and wide receiver, possibly even on defense at cornerback. I will play wherever they need me, because I put the team first."

Glenville will need to replace several graduating seniors in 2011, including many players that are headed to Division-I colleges, so Overton and his teammates know there is a lot of work to do before next season begins.

"I will need to take on a leadership role with this year's team, even though I will only be a junior," he added. "I'm more of a guy that leads by example, rather than being real vocal. With my dad (Tony Overton) on the staff as an assistant coach, I know I have to show people that I am the hardest worker on the team."

Known mostly as a player that utilizes his great speed on the football field, Overton is looking forward to the upcoming season at Glenville.

"I think my strength is that I am an intelligent football player, and one who works extremely hard," he explained. "We need to be more focused this year as a team, and I believe we will be a lot more disciplined. I think this group works a lot harder, and we are more serious about our business. We might not have the talent we've had in the past, but our attitudes are right."

Overton is receiving some early interest from college recruiters according to Glenville head coach Ted Ginn, but the player insists he's not worried about that at all right now.

""I try to not even think about that because I haven't played a down yet as a junior in high school," he stressed. "When that time comes around I will be ready for it, but it's too soon right now. I'm interested in any school that's interested in me, but I like Ohio State and Michigan. My parents have always stressed the importance of education, so I do really well in the classroom which will prepare me to play college football some day."


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