Wesley Has Something to Prove

Christian Wesley, the 6-4, 215-pound receiver prospect from Silverdale (Wash.) Central Kitsap, has received a lot of Pac-10 interest in his recruitment, but whether he gets a scholarship offer or not could depend on how he starts off his senior season...

Silverdale (Wash.) Central Kitsap receiver Christian Wesley (6-3.5, 215) has stayed in steady contact with many schools, knowing that the first three games of his senior season will go a long way in determining if and when he gets a scholarship offer.

The versatile Wesley is hearing from a number of Pac-10 schools, but is still waiting for the first offer to come in.

"I've been hearing from UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, a little bit from Oregon State and Arizona," said Wesley. "I haven't been able to get around to many schools. I'm going down this weekend to Southern California to visit family and I'm hoping to go see USC and UCLA."

Wesley had a productive junior season for Central Kitsap, on a team with a running back who ran for nearly 1,900 yards, helping CK to the 4A state semifinals. In fact, it was a game against Punahou that Wesley jumped on to the map, scoring an 80-yard touchdown that was CK's lone highlight in that loss.

But while others have been getting offers, Wesley wonders when his time will come.

"It's rough," said Wesley. "I look at the players around the nation, look at their stats, and their test scores. I did better than a lot but others have offers. Some guys get to live in Los Angeles, Texas or Seattle, and get seen more. So it just motivates me to feel like I can play better. I know something good will come out of it."

Wesley had planned on pursuing basketball as a college sport, but the more he played football the more he fell in love with it.

"Football was never something I thought I'd be good in," said Wesley. "I played football for just a couple of years, so I'm still kind of new to the recruiting thing. That's why I'm not too worried. I'm not feeling any pressure. Last year, Oregon came and watched a game and I just kind of took a deep breath, and said if I'm meant to impress someone, I'll have a good game."

The Ducks continue to pursue Wesley, with Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly handling the majority of his recruitment, while Washington State has Mike Levenseller recruiting him for the Cougs, and there's Joel Thomas for Washington and Todd Howard for UCLA.

"My head coach knows Todd Howard and played with him and he wants to see my first few games," said Wesley. "That's pretty much what I've been getting from most schools, that they want to see my senior film. They're kind of looking at it that they want me to get up to the potential and wait till that senior film comes through to offer."

Wesley was one of the standouts at the Scout/Badger 7on7 Tournament in Vegas, helping his team go undefeated in pool play. This summer, he also camped at Washington State and the Oregon Nike Camp, and participated in the Central Washington team camp.

He said his speed has greatly improved, giving him a better shot at playing receiver, rather than tight end, where he could end up.

"I have a 4.58 laser-timed forty, so schools have said that they're really willing to let me play receiver," said Wesley. "Most schools want me as a standing type receiver and I like being out there. I always feel like I have an advantage on the smaller corners."

This year, CK will be focusing more on the pass, moving to a pro-style offense.

Wesley said: "We're going to run some plays out of the spread but we're moving to a pro-style offense so we'll be throwing the football. Hopefully we'll get a little action in the passing game. We did lose some guys, a lot of guys on our starting squad, but making it to the semifinals, we know what it takes and know how hard it takes to work on time."

Wesley isn't anticipating making a decision early in the season, should offers come his way.

"I'm not going to make a decision right away," said Wesley. "I'll visit some schools and hopefully take a few of those in the fall."

As a junior, he had 25 receptions for 450 yards and seven touchdowns and as a senior, he's a preseason All-State pick. Academically, he has a 2.9 and scored a 1500 on the SAT.

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