Cory Christianson Gets Minnesota Interest

Cory Christianson, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 280-pound junior offensive lineman from Richfield (MN) Academy of Holy Angels, has attracted attention from several Midwest programs, including Minnesota and their new coaching staff. Christianson is attending the Minnesota football camp this week and GoldenSports.Net caught up with him to learn the latest on his 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 last season at offensive tackle, but spent time on the defensive line in situational duties.

Christianson told GoldenSports.Net that he is close to receiving a scholarship from Illinois, Northern Illinois and Minnesota. He is also hearing from Wyoming and UNLV. Christianson attended the Michigan and Iowa football camps last summer.

Christianson attended the Northern Iowa camp last weekend and will go to Northern Illinois Wednesday and Illinois on Saturday.

Christianson will move to center this season, which is his expected college position, due to his lack of height.

"That is why most schools have not offered yet. They want to see me play center," he said.

Christianson admits that he has a favorite school.

"I would love to go to Minnesota. If they offered, I would take a day or two to talk it over with my parents, but I would commit pretty quickly," he said.

Christianson has been working hard in the offseason to prepare for the position switch and the move to college football.

"I'm working on my foot speed. It is a weakness right now. I'm working on snapping to play center," he said.

Christianson is working hard in the weight room as well.

"My bench is 370 pounds and my squat is 450 pounds. I ran a 5.2 40-yard dash hand timed."

Christianson has high expectations for the upcoming season for Holy Angels, which returns seven starters on the defensive side, including Brendan Kelly, who committed to Minnesota in March.

"We should have an awesome defense. If we can come up with a quarterback, we have a chance to take state," he said.

Holy Angels head coach Mike Smalley says that Christianson is a talented lineman.

"His strength is his quickness off the ball," Smalley said. "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.

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