Cory Christianson Gets Gopher Attention

Cory Christianson, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound junior offensive tackle from Richfield (MN) Academy of Holy Angels, has attracted attention from several Midwest programs, including Minnesota and their new coaching staff. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Holy Angels head coach Mike Smalley to learn the latest on Christianson's recruitment.

Cory Christianson helped lead the Stars to a 6-5 mark and 3-4 record in the Missota Conference. He played the majority of his minutes at offensive tackle, but spent time on the defensive line in situational duties.

Holy Angels head coach Mike Smalley said that Christianson is hearing from Minnesota, Kansas State, Colorado State and Division I-AA North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Christianson attended the Michigan and Iowa football camps last summer and Smalley thinks that he "will go to more this year and probably go to Minnesota's camp."

Smalley says that Christianson is a talented lineman.

"His strength is his quickness off the ball. It is among the best I've ever seen. He does a good job of finishing off his blocks. He does not just stand around after his first block. He goes downfield for a second assignment."

Smalley said that Christianson is continuing to work hard to improve himself as a player.

"He needs to work on his overall body strength, especially his lower body. He needs to work on his quickness out of his stance. He is explosive going straight ahead, but needs to work on his lateral explosiveness. Our tackles do not pull much."

Christianson previously played hockey and baseball in the past.

Smalley said that he has been impressed with the new Gopher coaching staff.

"I have been very impressed with Coach Brewster. He is saying all the right things. Coach Brewster has brought excitement back. I never saw Coach Mason in ten years, but I saw Coach Brewster in his first ten days.

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