Center Line tight end eyes banner season

Colleges will be taking a close look at Center Line's football program this year and not just because legendary coach Pete Coll is entering his 48th year of coaching.

Coll has some standout college prospects on the roster led by tight end/defensive lineman Chris Ligrow (6-6, 240), who is being looked at on offense by Mid-American Conference schools and is considering Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo.

Although he's getting looks as a blocking tight end, Ligrow averaged eight tackles a game from his defensive end spot last year.

"I've been working out a lot during the summer and saw action at a lot of camps," Ligrow said. "I've been putting in a lot of work."

He's also been thinking more of a college career this season.

"I'm considering those three MAC schools," he said. "They all run their programs very well. It's still open right now. I'll make my decision near the end of my high school season.

"A couple of years ago, toward the end of my sophomore season, I started thinking about college."

Ligrow said he will be basing his decision on various factors.

"The campus and coaching staff will be a factor," he said. "And I'd like to be as close to home as possible. All of those three schools are close. I'm also looking at Eastern Michigan too."

Ligrow, who's played tight end all the way through high school, anticipates seeing the ball thrown more his way this year and hopes to take advantage of his strengths to be a more effective pass catcher.

"I can get open and I can usually get some extra yardage," he said.

Ligrow averaged 14.6 yards per catch for a 9-2 Center Line team last year.

Central, Bowling Green and Toledo "are looking at me more from a blocking standpoint," Ligrow said. "But I'll be using a lot of pass routes. Sizewise, I'm pretty big so they'll be using me to block a lot."

Ligrow hopes to help Center Line be a strong post-season contender.

"We have a very strong line and some quick ends," he said. "We should be toward the top of our division in Class B. Last year we were very strong. We'll still be good."

Defensively, Center Line will be relying on Ligrow to play a key role.

"I have various roles defensively," Ligrow said. "I'll be working on outside containment. I do that pretty well. I‘m also pretty good in shooting the gap. We're going to do very well. We have some good linebackers. We'll have one of the toughest defenses in our division across the state."

A versatile athlete, Ligrow also plays basketball and throws the discus and shot put in track. "I love basketball,' he said. "Track is something I do during the offseason to get ready for football."

Coll is looking forward to having Ligrow playing two ways one more season.

"Offensively, once he's got the ball, he can run very well with it," Coll said.

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