'08 Unwrapped: Devonte Christopher

Stanford has been all over the map this year in its aggressive recruiting efforts. Just recently, however, did the Cardinal extend what is beleived to be the first Class of 2008 offer in Nevada. Las Vegas quarterback Devonte Christopher, who is being recruited and offered by schools as an athlete, has Stanford as one of his top favorites. Christopher puts education high on his priority list...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs High School quarterback Devonte Christopher (6-1.5, 185) is the owner of seven offers, but with each offer, he knows his days leading an offense could be coming to a close.

"I've been offered by Wyoming, Utah, UNLV, Nevada, San Diego State, Nebraska and Stanford," says Christopher.  "Every offer has been as an athlete - either as a receiver or as a defensive back.  My heart is to stay on offense, but I'll go wherever the program needs me.  Of course I'd like to stay at quarterback, but I don't think I'll be playing that in college."

Christopher says that four schools are standing out for him right now.

"Nebraska, Stanford, San Diego State and Wyoming are my top schools at this point," the recruit reveals.  "I have one [official] visit set up, to Nebraska, when they play USC [on September 15].  That's the only one I have scheduled for now.  I know I will officially visit Stanford, but we haven't set that date yet."

Aside from the four schools he's listing as favorites, Christopher is also interested in Georgia Tech, Cal and Arizona State.

"I've been hearing a lot from Georgia Tech and they're interested in me as an athlete too," Christopher comments.  "I'd like to hear more from Arizona State and Cal."

The athlete's interest in the Cardinal is mutual, and Christopher knows the academic draw at Stanford makes the school more appealing.

"I'm not just looking for a good school for football but also wherever the best academics are," Christopher explains.  "That is a big factor for me.  The coaches at Stanford said the application would be sent out within the next two weeks when I talked to them this week, because they want me to get it done as soon as possible."

An excellent student, Christopher holds a 4.0 weighted GPA, having already taken AP classes for U.S. history, world history and English plus honors French, pre-calculus, algebra II and geometry.

"I'm taking some more honors and AP classes this fall too," he adds.

Christopher says that recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Lance Anderson and head coach Jim Harbaugh were the coaches who offered him, and he says that Stanford likes him as a receiver.

No timetable for his decision has been set, but Christopher doesn't see his college commitment coming any time soon.

"It will probably be after the season," the Las Vegas athlete opines.  "I wouldn't actually know before then.  Me and my family will decide what is best for me.  If it takes all five visits to find the school for me, then I'll take all five of them."

This spring, Christopher participated in the Los Angeles Nike Camp and also threw at the Elite 11 workout at UNLV this past weekend.  He is now done with camps for the year.

Last fall, Christopher had a big junior season for Canyon Springs.  He has two standout receivers in Raevon Samuel and Juron Criner, and he utilized that to his benefit.

"It's cool getting them both into the mix," Christopher says.  "With two people you have to cover, I can pick which one, and they're tough to stop."

Christopher threw for over 2,600 yards and 32 touchdowns, completing 54 percent of his passes.  He also rushed for three touchdowns.


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