Player Spotlight: Christian Ulsaker

Christian Ulsaker will have two decisions to make in the coming year. A standout performer in both football and basketball at McPherson High School in Kansas, he's beginning to see a lot of recruiting attention in both sports during his junior year. So he'll have to figure out not only what he wants to play but also where.

Basketball is my first love," Christian Ulsaker said. "But as my skills in football has improved, so has my love for the sport."

From a basketball family, Christian's older sister, Brette Ulsaker, played college basketball at Utah and Washburn University. Currently, Christian is being looked at for a basketball scholarship by Wichita State, UMKC (Missouri- Kansas City), Army, Penn, and Washburn in Topeka.

"Since I love playing both sports it will probably come down to the offers I receive as to what direction I'll go in," Ulsaker said. "I'd like to stay close to home, but want the best fit for me as far as a good coaching staff. I'd also like to go to a place that has some players there who I know. Fan support of the program is also important thing for me."

Ulsaker, a 6-6, 185 wide receiver for McPherson is gaining a following among college football coaches as well after an All-State honorable mention as a sophomore in 2009. Kansas State, Kansas, Duke, Northern Illinois, Colorado State, Northern Iowa, Butler, and Hutchinson Community College are among the programs showing Ulsaker interest at this time.

"I have big hands which is a good thing for a wide receiver to have," said Ulsaker of his game. "With my height, I create match-up problems for opposing cornerbacks. My speed and size help me break tackles for more yards after the catch."

Recently, Ulsaker made a trip to Manhattan, Kansas to take in a Wildcat game with two friends, his father, and sister.

"We went for the UCF game," Ulsaker said. "It was fun. The game day atmosphere they have there is fantastic. The coaches were amazing in helping me understand the role I would have as a student/athlete in the program. Coach Snyder is a class act. It would be awesome to play for him.

"We had a chance to tour the facilities, the locker room, and talk to other recruits," Ulsaker added. "I talked a lot with a friend of mine, Ben Heeney from Hutchinson High School. We got to go on the sideline. I got to talk to Coach (Michael) Smith who would be my position coach at K-State. He's a great guy and fun to talk to."

This past summer Ulsaker went to camps at K-State, Kansas, Iowa State, Northern Illinois and a Nation Underclassmen Combine in Tulsa. He'd like to take trips to KU and Duke for games before the season ends.

"Coach Gill is a great coach and a great guy," Ulsaker said of the new coach at KU. "I don't think a lot of recruits are looking at his wins and losses right now. They know he needs to get the players he wants in the program. When he does I think he'll get things turned around. I talked a lot with Coach (Aaron) Stamm when I camped there.

"At Duke I'm hearing a lot from their coaching staff and would like to get out there to catch a game."

Ulsaker has 37 receptions for 563 receiving yards and five touchdowns plus one touchdown on a punt return prior to this past weekend's game.

"So far so good," Ulsaker said of McPherson's season. "Our goal is to win state this year."

Ulsaker reports a 3.3 GPA and a 20 on the ACT which he plans to retake in a couple of weeks. In addition to football and basketball, Ulsaker has also run track. He has 4.56 speed in the 40. He wears jersey No. 21 for the Bullpup football team.

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