Dutchtown WR Discusses Spring Training

Dutchtown went undefeated in the regular season last year, and the Griffins will be tough to handle again in 2011. Read further for an update on 6-foot-3 WR Shelby Christy, who is also a top track & field performer.

"I think our spring training went better than last year," said Shelby Christy, the '13 WR from Dutchtown High School. "Last year, we would have two good days of practice, followed by an awful day. This year, every day was good."

Recruiters from all over the nation were present at Dutchtown's spring training to get a look at star safety Landon Collins, as well as the Griffins' other college prospects. What effect did that have on Christy?

"How can I explain it? With the college scouts there, I wanted to work even harder and push myself further than ever," he said. "I heard that I impressed the coaches from Texas, Alabama and Southeastern.

"This spring, I did better with my route-running and catching the football. I improved on reading zone defenses and sitting where I need to be in the zone. I also was able to beat cornerbacks when they were in man-to-man defense."

Dutchtown loses the terrific tandem of RB Effrem Reed (UL) and QB Leon Blouin (Tulane) to graduation. Collins is slated to help pick up the slack at RB; what about the progress of the new QB, Mason Nickens?

"Mason is looking great in practice," said Christy of his classmate. "He's accurate and has a good arm."

Christy doubles as a track & field standout.

"This year, I qualified for the (5A) state meet in two events: the long jump and the triple jump," he said. "I finished third in the state in the long jump with a 22-11 3/4.

"The triple jump didn't go as well. I was sore after the long jump and I tried to stretch it out, but it just wasn't my day on the triple jump."

What are Shelby's summer plans?

"I was going to compete in summer track, but I'm not sure about that now," he explained. "I got camp invites to Southern Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama and Southeastern, and I might not do track so I can attend those camps."

As a sophomore, Christy caught approximately 20 passes for 300 yards.

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