Cory Christianson Commits to Illinois State

Cory Christianson, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 280-pound offensive lineman from Richfield (MN) Academy of Holy Angels, has committed to Illinois State. Christianson helped lead the Co-Stars to a 14-7 overtime win over Missota Conference rival Northfield Wednesday night. Christianson attracted attention from several Midwest programs, including Minnesota, and had attended the Gophers football season opener.

Cory Christianson has helped lead the Stars to a 5-3 mark and 5-2 record in the Missota Conference. He has played the majority of his minutes at offensive tackle, but is playing both sides of the line at times.

Christianson told GoldenSports.Net previously about Illinois State and their interest in him.

"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."

Christianson attended the Minnesota season opener and told GoldenSports.Net of his 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.

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 the playoffs for Holy Angels, which returns seven starters on the defensive side, including Brendan Kelly, who committed to Minnesota in March.

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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