Christy Can't Wait

Dutchtown has a reputation as a team that loves to pound the football on offense, but the Griffins might surprise some people this fall with a more wide-open attack that will rely on receivers such as 6-foot-3 junior Shelby Christy.

"We tested at school today and I ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash," said Shelby Christy. "I went to LSU's camp and it went good. I learned some stuff and felt like I was on the same level with the best players there.

"In one-on-one drills, I had a catch lined up against (blue-chip teammate) Landon Collins, but he pushed me down; it would have been pass interference. I caught a pass on a deep post against (four-star LSU commit Dwayne Thomas), although he got me the next time."

Last year, Christy caught 20 passes for 300 yards and he expects to obliterate those numbers this fall.

"My goal is to catch 50 to 70 passes," he said. "We're going to have to open up the offense, because we don't have Effrem Reed any longer at running back.

"We have a lot of young talent at wide receiver, like ('14 prospect) Corey McBride. He ran a 4.3 today and finished fourth in the state in the 200 meters - with a 22.21."

Christy, who also camped with Alabama and Louisiana Tech, is also hearing from Georgia and Mississippi State.

"I keep in contact with Coach (Burton) Burns at Alabama," he said. "When I camped with Louisiana Tech, their coaches said I'd be a good fit for their offense."

Christy's teammate, DL Darrien Batiste, committed to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns yesterday.

"I think that was a smart move on his part," said Christy. "He really likes it there. All he talks about is ULL."

Dutchtown, which enters the season ranked in the top five in Class 5A, tangles with Lutcher in week one. In that contest, Christy will undoubtedly see plenty of Lutcher CB Jordan Batiste, who is committed to Ole Miss.

"I beat him at the LSU camp," said Christy. "I can't wait for the season to start. It's football, football, football."

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