Streveler Hoping For Gopher Offer

Marian Central Catholic (Ill.) dual-threat quarterback Chris Streveler has just one offer early in this recruiting process but more could be on the way as he has been busy hitting camps this summer. Streveler recently made a trip up to Minnesota for camp on Sunday and GopherDigest.com was able to chat with him to get the latest on his recruitment.

"Right now only South Dakota State has offered me," Streveler said. "I've camped at a bunch of places: Eastern Michigan, NIU, Western Michigan, Minnesota, Pitt, Indiana, and Wisconsin and those have been the main ones talking to me so far."

Minnesota is one of the schools that have shown the most interest in the talented quarterback and Streveler feels that his showing at their camp this Sunday could have been one of his better camp performances.

"Minnesota's probably one of the schools that's most interested in me," Streveler said. "I was at their camp on Sunday and it went really well. I threw really well and that was probably one of the better camps I had so far and I ran well and I know I'm pretty high on their list. They said that they'd let me know by the end of the week if I have an offer or not."

The Gophers' coaching staff has been on Streveler since early this spring when coach [Jim] Zebrowski paid a visit to his high school to watch him practice. Streveler said the coaches invited him to camp so they could get a closer look at his athleticism as well as how he could adjust to their route trees and offense.

"Coach Zebrowski had come to my school earlier in the spring and he stayed for like two hours to watch me so he was already pretty familiar with me," Streveler said. "They just wanted to get me to camp to see my athleticism in person because I'm more of a dual threat guy.

"They wanted to see that kind of stuff and how I reacted to their route combinations and stuff they do in their offense and I adapted pretty well. They had me do that and they had me run around and played me at wide receiver some to test my athletic ability. I mean they were all really impressed and coach said I was a good athlete and he was really impressed."

When it comes to choosing his future school Streveler is looking mainly at academics as well as how well he can mesh with the coaching staff's personalties.

"Academics obviously is high on my list," he said. "I've been talking to a lot of Ivy League schools and that's always going to be my number one priority because it's a long term thing and a degree is something you will always have.

"The football stuff what I look at is the coaching staff and how well I mesh with their personalities and how well I get along with them and how comfortable I am with them. Also how I will fit into their program and the players that are already there and the players they're recruiting so those are the two biggest things I look for."

One of Streveler's biggest strengths is his leadership ability and how he takes the younger players and non-starters under his wing to try and make them better. To go along with his leadership Streveler feels that his ability to both pass and run effectively are his biggest assets as a player.

"I'd have to say my biggest strength as a player is probably my leadership," he said. "It's one thing I've always like to do is step up and bring the younger players and other guys who might not be starters and make them better. To go along with that I throw well and run well.

"I'm a dual threat guy so those are my biggest strengths. One thing the coaches say when they talk to me is they like my leadership and it's one of those things I try to do and lead by example."

During this offseason, Streveler has been working to improve upon his release which he says has gotten positive feedback from coaches who say it is much improved from last season to now.

"One thing I've been working on is my release," he explained. "My release was real short last year and I really fixed that and a lot of coaches that have seen me this year said my release is way better than last season so that's one thing I've been working on. And then you can always get more accurate and better at reading defenses so that's the kind of stuff I've been working on."

Ideally Streveler would like to make a decision before his season begins since he will have to opportunity to graduate early but he would like to take his time rather than rush a decision.

"Obviously I'd like to get it done before my season just because I can graduate early with the credits I've taken and I don't have to take and summer classes so ideally I'd like to get it done by then," Streveler said. "But I'm not really in any rush so I'll take whatever I can get and not push to commit too early."

There are two teams that currently top Streveler's list but he says he won't rush a commitment if either offered him and would like to take his time to weigh all of his options first.

"I really don't think there's a school out there where I'd jump at the offer. Whenever I get more offers, and I feel like I will eventually, I'd just like to consider all of my options as carefully as possible," Streveler said. "Like I said I liked Minnesota and I liked Pitt when I was up there, so those are couple schools that I like but I'll consider any school that's willing to offer me."

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