"To tell you about Chris, I really think that he is going to be in the NFL someday," said Tupelo High School head football coach Eric Collins. "I say that based not only on his ability, but, more importantly, on two other things that he has. I knew (current NFL QB) Peyton Manning down at New Orleans. We played against him. I got to know him when he used to come back and train at Tulane. One thing I know about the Mannings is their character. Part of the reason why Peyton Manning and Eli (Manning) are in the NFL is not only due to their work ethic, but also their great character. And Chris has both of those. There is nobody that is going to work harder at being a good player than Chris. All he wants to do is play football. And he has a family that backs him like the Manning's had."
Those are mighty big words, but Coach Collins is not the only one who has been impressed with this 15-year old. During Chris' college camp tour this past summer, several college coaches took note of him.
"I started out with the Ole Miss camp. My team went to that one and we won the 7-on-7 championship," said Chris. "I talked to (head) Coach (Ed) Orgeron. He came up to me before and after the camp. He said he would be keeping up with me the next three years. I also talked to Dan Werner, their offensive coordinator. He said he liked the way I threw. He asked me what grade I was in and couldn't believe that I was just in the 10th grade."
He was just as impressive at the next camp he attended, Mississippi State.
"(MSU offensive coordinator) Woody McCorvey told me that he likes how I throw it and never let anyone change how I throw because he said I was born with natural throwing ability," said Chris, who led his team to a 14-0 record at the MSU 7-on-7 camp.
Chris also impressed MSU head man Sylvester Croom quite a bit as well.
"Coach Croom was sitting in his golf cart and out of the blue called me over and asked me what number I wanted to wear when I got there," said Chris.
And his response was?
"I told him twelve. That's Jerious Norwood's number. He said he would save it," said Chris.
Next up was Alabama.
"I talked to their offensive coordinator (Dave Radar). He said that he likes how I throw it," said the 6-4, 210-pounder. "He said the same thing that Woody said, that it's natural."
His final camp of the summer was LSU. Like at MSU, he came away very impressed.
"I loved LSU. I liked (offensive coordinator) Jimbo Fisher. Our team went to the Tiger Bowl, which is sort of like 7-on-7," said Chris. "We went to the championship game and got beat by an older team."
While his recruitment is in its infancy stage, one school definitely leads the pack.
"I'm a fan of State. I've been a fan since I was born," said Chris. "My first game was when I was in my mom's stomach when they played against Florida in 1990. My dad is probably the biggest State fan that I know."
Does he has any special MSU memories?
"I don't remember my first game because we've had season tickets forever, but I do remember running around on the football field with Keefer McGee. I remember we took a picture with him," said Chris.
And if everything works out, don't be surprised if, in six to seven years, Chris is the player having his picture taken by some youngster who looks at him as his football hero.
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