Coach Counter took time out of his schedule to give GBW a feel for what type of player Michigan is recruiting in Chris Ogbonnaya. Needless to say, there was no shortage of praise heaped upon this student by his teacher. Coach Counter's indulgence is greatly appreciated.
Tell me about what type of kid Chris is.
He's a fantastic kid. He's as good as they come. He's a great student and a real leader on the field and in the classroom. He's just as good as they get.
Tell me about what type of player he is.
He started both ways as a sophomore and as a junior. He started at defensive back and spent most of his time at corner, but he also played a little free safety. He also started both years at wide receiver. His senior year he'll probably play quarterback and cornerback. He's special. He's really good with the ball in his hands. We think he's going to score a lot of touchdowns this year. That's why we're just going to snap him the ball and let him go do his thing. I've coached high school football for 15 years and I've never seen anyone exactly like him. Elusive is a good way to describe him. The first guy never tackles him. It always takes the second or third guy to bring him down. He just has that special ability.
How did he do at wide receiver?
As a sophomore he caught about 30 passes. We had a SR. quarterback that year that was pretty good. Last year our QB wasn't quite as good. Chris only caught 22 passes. Still, he's averaged over 20 yards per catch both years. (Official Stats: Sophomore year: 30 receptions, 600 yards and 7 TDs. Junior year: 22 receptions, 481 yards, and 4 TDs, plus 44 carries for 397 yards and 8 TD's mostly coming on reverses)
How did he do on defense?
His sophomore year I think he had 5 interceptions. Last year people just didn't throw that way very much, so he didn't have any interceptions. They just didn't go to his side too often. (Official Stats: Sophomore year: 23 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 pass break ups, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked kick. Junior year: 39 tackles, 4 pass break ups, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 blocked kick.)
What position do you see him playing in college?
Probably wide receiver.
Can you give us some details on his size and speed?
Sure. He's about 6'1" and weighs about 200lbs. He runs a 4.5 forty.
What schools have offered him?
LSU, Texas (I don't think they have officially offered yet, but they will), Stanford…heck Michigan State just called here yesterday and they're going to offer. I'm assuming everyone in America is going to offer.
What type of shot do you think Michigan has?
I think they have a pretty good shot. He has a sister that goes to school up there. I had a player named Steve Hogan last year. He didn't want to go anywhere cold and eventually went on to Texas. Chris, on the other hand, says he's open to everything and everybody, so I think Michigan has a pretty good shot.
For an update GBW conducted with Chris himself, click here: Chris Ogbonnaya update
Interview with Chris Ogbonnaya's Coach
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