2016 Target: Christian Colon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools that have expressed interest in Christian Colon, a 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle from Independence High School. The feeling is mutual.

Scouting Report

"Christian is a relentless worker," Independence head coach Joe Evans said. "If I were limited to two words, I would say ‘relentless worker.' Weight room, footwork drills, practice – he's going to work.

"When he gets on the field, his mentality is: ‘I'm going to dominate every play.' With him being a young guy, he's still kind of learning the nuances. But he's ahead of the game in a lot of that, but he still has a long way to go to be dominant and where he wants to be. But he's a great player."

Prep Career

Colon began his prep career at Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian, but transferred to Independence that October. He enrolled in time to participate in Independence's rivalry game against Matthews (N.C.) Butler – 11 games into the season. In that game, he was plugged into the defensive tackle rotation recording a sack and six tackles.

"Since then, it's taken off," Colon said. "At first, I had to get used to the weight training, because it's hectic over here. But once that happened, my body started changing and my thoughts started changing."

Colon missed two games of his sophomore season with a minor knee injury. He still was able to compile 81 tackles and 14 sacks.

Typically, Independence's players play solely on one side of the ball. However, Evans is considering – at the very least – inserting Colon into the offensive line rotation during the 2014 season, in addition to his D-tackle duties.

Recruitment

Florida, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech have expressed interest in Colon.

"South Carolina's waiting [to offer] for the end of my junior year," Colon said. "South Carolina wants me to come to camp. Chapel Hill wants me to come to camp. Florida wants me to come to their camp."

Schools haven't decided whether to recruit Colon at defensive tackle or convert him to the offensive line. He doesn't have a preference.

Not many 2016 prospects have made as many recruiting trips at Colon. He has visited Florida, Florida State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

"I've been all over the map," Colon said with a laugh.

He attended UNC's football game against Boston College last fall.

"It was a pretty good atmosphere," Colon said. "They were playing Boston College and the stadium was still somewhat packed. I got a chance to talk to Coach Brewer before he went down to the field and he's a pretty cool dude. I got a chance to hang around with other Charlotte prospects – even the senior ones. I got to hang around Elijah Hood and Robert Dinkins."

Dinkins, in particular, has discussed with Colon the prospects of continuing Charlotte's pipeline to UNC.

Colon's travels have allowed Florida, UNC, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech to emerge as early favorites.

"I like Chapel Hill because it's close to home and it had a real family lifestyle," Colon said. "It felt like a good fit.

"South Carolina was cool.

"Florida I loved the atmosphere. The coaches seemed to be really down to earth.

"And then with Virginia Tech it was just the bond and the nice gear. And then the players and the coaching staff were real close."

Extra Notes

Colon is also a member of Independence's basketball and track-and-field teams. During track practice, he conditions and goes through speed drills with the runners, but only deals with the shot put in meets. He also took up swimming and became a lifeguard to help strengthen the knee he injured this past season and work out… Colon grew up a South Carolina and LSU fan… Colon is close with fellow 2016 recruits Robert Washington and Ben LeMay.

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