French Adds Big 12 Offer to 2 from In-State

Christian French's star continues to rise. The 2011 TE-DE from Cedar Rapids, Iowa picked up his third offer this week as Missouri jumped in. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the emerging athlete to file this update on his recruitment.

Christian French's priorities seem to be in order. He tends to school work, his current basketball season and then football recruiting, in that order.

The Missouri coaches called the Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior this week to offer him a scholarship. He hasn't returned it yet.

French isn't rude or aloof. It's those priorities that guide him.

The 2011 tight end/defensive end prospect already received offers from Iowa and Iowa State. Missouri took the number to three and Wisconsin is coming pretty hard, French said.

"I definitely want to go to a place where I feel comfortable with the coaches and the players that are there," the 6-foot-6, 216-pounder said. "Right now, I'm just staying focused on academics. After my basketball season, I'll focus on football and recruiting."

French, who reports a 3.2 core GPA, would prefer to play tight end in college but says the interested schools are viewing him as a prospect at that position as well as defensive end.

"I'd like to run with the ball, but I'm willing to take a look at both spots," he said. "I'm going to work hard going into next season and see how I do at both."

French said that he has the frame to put on weight and muscle and still feels like he's growing. He said he was timed at 4.37 seconds in a 40-yard dash last fall.

"I think (college scouts) like my all out athletic ability and my ability to hit," French said. "I think they also like my rawness because there's the ability to mold me into what they want me to be. I think I'm also a decent person and I keep up with things in the classroom."

French didn't play football as a freshman. He also hasn't run track but is planning on joining that team this spring with an eye on the 100 and 200 meters.

Iowa approached French with its offer last month.

"The Iowa coaches are good guys," he said. "They send me personal letters every week and I call them when I can. They say they'd like to get a chance to coach me.

"They're good people and they tell you everything you need to hear."

French said he planned to attend camps at Iowa and Missouri this summer. He's also keeping his mind open to other schools that might enter the picture for his services.

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