California DE Considering Irish
By Chris Fetters
Chris Frome is a 6-5, 250-pound defensive end that plays for Hart High School in Newhall, California, and Frome is just another in a long line of players that have been very highly recruited while playing their senior seasons at Hart.
"Matt Moore, he's our quarterback," Frome told Dawgman.com when talking about some other Hart players who are generating some legit D1 interest. "He's got offers from places like Nevada and Colorado. And you know, we've had quarterbacks like Kyle Matter and Kyle Boller before, so we're just pumping out QB's here. (laughs) Our running back is Tim Gregory. He's really quick. He ran a low 4.5 as a sophomore, but he tore his ACL last year. And we have a DB named Keith Howell who might get something too."
It's plain to see that Frome is the main one college coaches have trekked north of Los Angeles to watch. "It surprised me how much attention I'm getting, really," Frome said. "I'm getting 7 or 8 letters a day."
With a legitimate 4.75 40 posted at the one-day UCLA camp, as well as a 315 bench and 435 squat, Chris has the physical tools to dominate at the next level.
Frome had 77 tackles for Hart last year, including 14 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, leading to all sorts of local, regional and national honors. "I was All-American as a defensive end and All-American Underclass at OL as a sophomore," Frome said. "I was also All-State, All Foothill League and All-CIF."
Not only does Frome have the hardware to legitimize his play, but he also has the determination and drive. "I'm an aggressive player, but I focus on technique," Chris said. "In our defense, we always follow the feet of the guy we're going against. I always check his first step and always give 'em a rip off the ball and if he pulls I follow him down. If I see a man pulling towards me I really key on technique, because there are a lot of big guys out there and you can get clocked if you're not paying attention."
Chris does play a little tight end for Hart, but he knows his future is on defense. "I want to play defensive end in college," he said. "I have the size for it. We don't run a lot of tight end at our high school, so I have a lot more experience at defensive end. I'm really focused on the game at hand and I try to pump everyone up. I like to have fun out there. I like the intensity and the hitting. I like pass rushing."
Not only does Chris have game out on the gridiron, but he also helps Hart out on the hardwood. "I've got some game, but I usually do it to keep in shape," he said.
"Our team is gonna be good this year."
Right now Frome is very focused on recruiting because of the plan he set up for himself early in the process. "I'm probably going to commit early before my senior season so I can get it out of the way," Chris said. "That's what I always planned on doing. You have that insurance in case you get hurt during your senior year, and plus I've always thought it would be cool to know where you're going. You don't have to worry about anything as a senior because it's over."
Schools that have offered Frome span from coast to coast and north to south. "Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU, Colorado, Clemson, Washington, Washington State, Michigan State and Colorado," Chris said, reeling them off like groceries on a grocery list.
On top of those schools, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Boston College, Texas and Nebraska also stopped by Hart in May to see Frome.
"Rick Neuheisel called me from his son's baseball game. I thought that was cool. He was the only coach that did something like that. It was pretty informal," recalls Frome. "He said he was going to be watching me this year and wants me to think about Washington. He said that Washington is the only Pac-10 school that fills up their stadium and it gets really crazy there, but I've heard that from a lot of coaches."
Frome right now has his list narrowed down but left the door open a crack, just in case.
"So far it looks like it's between Michigan and Notre Dame, but I still don't know."
He's done his homework too. "I've already been to Michigan and Notre Dame twice with my Mom and Dad and also to Michigan State."
Chris is looking for a lot more than just pigskin to fulfull his college experience. "Football isn't everything," he said. "I'm also looking for academics too. I want to go Pre-Med in college."
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