Lum Looking on the Bright Side

Chris Lum was All-State as a junior. He had Division 1 (FBS) schools recruiting him and appeared headed to either a Big Ten or MAC school. But an elbow injury in the second game changed all that and opened the door for D2 teams like Grand Valley to get in on his recruitment.

What a ride it has been so far for Chris Lum. The Lake Orion (MI) quarterback was thrown into several games as a sophomore and responded by throwing eight touchdowns and zero interceptions.

As a junior, he was named full time starter and was an All-State selection after tossing 25 touchdowns and only three picks. He was one of the top quarterback recruits in the state; Northwestern, Michigan State and a host of MAC schools were sending mail and inviting him to camp.

Then, in the second game of this season, he fractured his elbow. Although he would gut it out and return to lead the team into the playoffs, the damage to his recruiting had already been done.

"I went to camps this summer and a lot of schools said they liked what they saw and wanted to see the first few games of my senior year, but I was hurt in the 2nd quarter of the second game, so that affected it. But, I did the best I could, I ended up playing in our last five games."

His first game back, Lum lead a key 26-0 win over Rochester to get Lake Orion into the playoffs where their run ended with a loss to eventual state champion Macomb Dakota.

"When I first game back I was close to 100%, but I was a little rusty. That loss to Dakota left a bad taste in my mouth though."

So now recruiting has changed for Lum, but he is looking at everything in a positive light. At a recent recruiting fair, he picked up some interest and several 1AA and D2 schools, thrilled that he is still on the board, have checked in on him.

"Penn visited my house," he reported, "at the recruiting fair, Robert Morris talked to me, Grand Valley wanted to see tape so I made sure I got them a DVD and Saginaw Valley and Hillsdale have also talked to me."

The Lakers of GVSU have been recruiting Lum for a little while now and the similarities between him and current Laker starter Brad Iciek are evident when watching the two play. As with any quarterback considering GVSU, there are a number of attractive elements.

"They run the spread, I like that a lot! They're a good program, they're winning national championships, I like the school, I'm very interested."

So what now? Although he is in the midst of basketball season, Lum's future is on the gridiron and he will be getting out, taking visits and then try to decide where he should play his college ball.

"I think Penn wants to get me out there, then all the D2 schools want me out, but I have to just pick my top ones because they can't pay for anything. It just has to happen in a timely manner because its getting to crunch time. Also, possibly Robert Morris, I might visit them."

There are obvious differences between 1A and 1AA and D2. But for Lum, deciding between 1AA and D2 isn't quite as clear, but this young man knows what he wants and that is to play big time football.

"Obviously, Division 1 football, I would choose that. If its D2 and its Grand Valley, that's one thing but if it is say Northern Michigan and Penn, I would go to Penn, it's 1-AA so there is better football and also the education there."

At the end of the day, after all he has been fought through, no matter where Chris Lum ends up, he will have his chin up.

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