Cory Christianson Attends Gopher Opener

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 its new coaching staff. Christianson attended the Minnesota football season opener 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 is playing both sides of the line this season.

Christianson told GoldenSports.Net that he has one scholarship offer to date.

"I picked a scholarship offer from Illinois State this summer," he said. "Other than that, everyone else just wants to see some film from the first few games."

Holy Angels lost their season opener to Missota conference rival St. Thomas Academy in the season opener, 14-0. However, Christianson felt that playing a tough opponent in the opener could pay off down the road.

"Once we all come to go on offense, that is when we will start to take it to other teams. Right now, that is our weakest point, our offense. Our defense is set and that was what was helping carry us, but it can not carry us all year. Once our O-line, which is our biggest weakness right now, we are working on that ... once we come together as an offense, we'll be set and be able to take it to state," he said.

Christianson attended the Minnesota season opener and has plans to attend several other college games.

"I am for sure going to the North Dakota State-Illinois State game at NDSU, and I am going to try to get to Illinois State for a game and I am probably going to Northern Iowa," he said.

Christianson said that a new school has been in recent contact with him.

"Purdue has been looking at me lately, so I am going to take a harder look at them. I don't know if I'll be able to pull an offer from them."

He has also had contact with Illinois, Northern Illinois, Wyoming and UNLV. Christianson attended the Michigan and Iowa football camps last summer.

Christianson is expected to be a center in college, 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 told GoldenSports.Net previously 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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