He originally made a verbal pledge to Stanford in April, but today Steven Christian is taking a step back with his college recruitment. The Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy High School senior has a message to deliver to the schools out there who stopped recruiting him.
"I'm still keeping my options open for any school. I'm still open for anything," Christian declares. "It's not final until Signing Day. I'm still open for any school to recruit me."
Christian, who is currently rated three stars by Scout.com and ranked the #47 cornerback in the nation, says that he last talked with Stanford in June. Conversing with his area recruiter, D.J. Durkin, the Sacramento athlete discussed the difficulties that he may have with the admissions process on The Farm.
"He reminded me about red flags I need to be worried about. Also what Admissions is looking for on the SAT and planning out my schedule," the recruit relates. "They've told me to keep in contact with everybody."
At this time, the other six verbal commits for Stanford in the Class of 2008 have been approved by the Office of Admissions to receive the written application. Three have completed and submitted the materials.
Christian meanwhile has work to do on his SAT and in the classroom. He is also attending his third high school in Sacramento.
"I'm still sending tapes out to schools," says Christian. "I'm still talking to the Cal coach. I've still had communication with San Diego State and Wyoming. I haven't talked to the TCU coach in a while."
The 6'0" 175-pound athlete is not attending camps at any schools this summer, including the Jim Harbaugh Football Camp at Stanford. He did travel to Southern California to attend the B2G Camp in Thousand Oaks (Calif.) last month.
"I'm just trying to increase my ranking. I keep working out and everything," Christian says of his plan. "Come the time for my season, I'll try to raise my rank and try to be able to play in the U.S. Army game."
Looking to find his niche at John F. Kennedy High School this fall, Christian will be a two-way starter for the Cougars. He is slotted to play running back on offense, with a little bit of wide receiver. There is also the possibility of playing quarterback. On defense he will start at cornerback.
Christian begins his senior season on September 7 versus Escalon.
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