FOCUS '06 - Ocean Township RB

After a great 2004 season, the talent at Ocean Township High School is being noticed by college scouts. One reason for Ocean's offensive success is an unlikely Running Back and Returner named Chris Chittum.

It's hard to classify Chris Chittum as an athlete. He's 5'9" and plays at 185 lbs, running a 4.49 in the 40, but has been able to rack up some impressive statistics with his innate ability to avoid tackles and gain yardage.

In his Junior year he carried 152 times for 1020 yards, an impressive 6.7 yard average with a long TD run of 67 yards. He also returns kicks, having returned one for a touchdown in his sophomore year and running one back 77 yards as a junior. Chris was ranked All-Division and All-County Running Back by the Asbury Park Press for his junior year success. Chris also ran track, performing in the 4X1 Relay and the 100 with a personal best of 11.2 seconds.

"My coaches tell me I'm more of a scatback. I catch balls out of the backfield and I can break a long run. I want to get more powerful so I can run up the middle and improve every aspect of running the ball."

Colleges are still trying to figure out how good Chris can be. He has been contacted at all levels from Division 1-A Syracuse and Rutgers, Division 1-AA Sacred Heart and others. He also has several Ivy League contacts. Currently Chris favors Sacred Heart, but he's looking for any school that can give him a good education.

Meanwhile, Chris has been training hard in the off-season, trying to improve his size so he can move to a featured back position in the Ocean 3-back set.

"I'm doing Bench squats, power clean and all the football essentials. The squat is best for getting more explosive."

He expects to attend the Big Time Challenge at Giants Stadium and possibly the Rutgers camp.

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