Central High School's (Omaha, NE) Cortney Grixby is in a situation that only the best athletes find themselves in when it comes time to decide where they will display their talents at the collegiate level.
This CB/QB is receiving an impressive list of offers from big time programs for not only his skill on the football field, but on the basketball court as well.
Grixby is unsure yet as to whether he will play football, basketball, or both in college. He lists from Colorado, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, and Michigan while he is drawing a high level of interest from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, and Utah for both sports.
Since he already has several offers on table for football with more yet to come, Grixby does not plan on camping anywhere this summer. Rather, he has been traveling around to basketball camps this summer to further establish himself as a basketball player so he will have as many options open as possible.
"I'm in the process of deciding (football or basketball) right now," explains Grixby. "I have two more basketball camps in Florida, and then I am going to begin to make visits to schools. After that, I will sit down and decide."
Due to his physical stature, this 5'10", 165 lb CB/QB is being recruited mainly as a cornerback with the possibility of returning punts and kicks in college (Grixby has 4.52 electronic speed). "This year I played more QB, but I played corner on 3rd and long situations and at the end of games. It should be the same situation this year, but coach might try to get me in more on the field at corner this year since that is what I am being recruited as," says Grixby.
Grixby is an aggressive, quick player. He threw for 1,200 yards last season and ran for over 800 with 14 touchdowns. "The best thing I can bring to a college program is my thinking ability and mentality," explains Grixby. "On the field or on the court I just go out there and get them. I don't let up and I play hard to the finish without giving up."
Since his size is a main issue, Grixby has been working hard in the off-season to bulk up. "I have been trying to get bigger in my size and weight. I have been giving it extra in the weight room so I can get a lot stronger," says Grixby. He has also been doing a lot of footwork drills to work on his quickness and maintain, if not improve, his speed; in addition, Grixby has been learning QB techniques to ensure his offensive obligations remain in top form.
Grixby's main focus this season is to win a state football championship. The Central High School Eagles were ranked 3rd in the Nebraska last season, but the team lost the last two games of the season and was eventually ousted from the playoffs in the first round.
"We're capable of playing at that level," explains Grixby. "We have most of our line and our backfield returning, and we filled in some voids on defense. In the past, we have had so much talent come through Central, but can never win the big one – that is the biggest challenge for the team and coaches," says Grixby.
With the intention of studying business administration in college, Grixby is a pure athlete who has the potential to become multi-sport letterman in college. There are still a lot of question marks surrounding Grixby's final decision, but there is no doubt about his talent and ability.