Red Land's Chad Christen

Chad Christen is like many scholastic athletes who rarely leave the field during a game, but instead of being just an offensive or defensive player the Red Land High School star also is the Patriots' punter and kicker.

Coach Frank Gay of Red Land, located in Lewisberry, Pa. near Harrisburg, used Chad Christen as a weapon last fall. As a junior for the Patriots (10-2), Christen made seven field goals, 36 of 39 extra points, averaged 38.47 yards per punt and had two interceptions from his secondary spot. He had a long field goal from 50 yards and long punt of 61 with 13 kicks inside the 20.

Christen had a solid performance Thursday at the Pittsburgh Specialists Camp.

"This facility is very nice, and all the coaches are really nice,'' Christen said. "They know a lot, so I learned a lot and had a good time. It's been fun, and I definitely would consider coming to Pitt if they offered me.

"Coach (Brian) Angelichio came out to my high school, gave me information on this camp and talked with me. And I just really like it a lot out here. I'm going to take a walk around here and around the campus and see what it's like. But I've enjoyed everything so far and think I hit the ball pretty well.''

Christen has one offer from the U.S. Military Academy last month, but said he "receivers lots of letters from all over.'' After working with Jamie Kohl from Kohl's Professional Kicking Camp, as well as the Pitt coaches, Christen believed he could have an even better senior season this fall.

"The techniques that Jamie taught us really helped,'' Christen said. "I saw improvements in my kickoffs from when we started. I used a two-inch tee last season, but I switched to a one inch this summer. So, coming to Pitt and using a one-inch tee (like college), it felt good to kick just as far as I did before.''

"Chris, he's strong with good leg strength,'' Kohl said. "He had good hang time, and all his kickoffs were inside the 5. He really hit the ball well today.''

If Christen continues to how improvement, his offer list should grow as well.

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