May 25, 2010

Gann lands his first offer


Matt L. Stephens

GoldandGreenNews.com
Senior Analyst

While injury might have slowed Parker (Colo.) Chaparral wide receiver Christian Gann in 2009, college football coaches are still aware of his presence, as the Denver area product recently landed his first offer.

Last week, the Air Force Falcons called Gann's name, telling the versatile prospect he could play up to 12 different positions for them. Gann is just happy to finally have an offer on the table.

"It feels good, it's really relieving because I've been working hard and it's finally starting to pay off," Gann said.

In 2009, Gann played in only eight games due to a broken hand in the season's second game. In that time he was able to acquire 23 receptions for 459 yards and two touchdowns. He even played one game while wearing a clubbed cast on his hand after proving he could catch with it during practice.

So far this spring, Gann and his teammates have been working out with their coaches in the weight room. After pumping iron, Gann has been taking the initiative to workout without the Chaparral coaching staff, working on seven-on-seven drills with quarterback Andrew Loudenback and other Wolverines.

Both Loudenback and Gann are being recruited by Colorado State, though neither have received an offer. The two have been close friends since

"We're pretty good friends, we tell each other where we're at with things," Gann said. "We've known each other for over 10 years, playing together for most of that time.

Gann also serves as the backup quarterback should Loundenback go down with an injury.

This summer, Gann plans on attending one-day camps at Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado State, places he hopes to receives offers from after showing off how valuable he can be.

"My size is really attractive, especially in high school since I'm bigger than most players - plus, I can jump pretty high, and there aren't many guys who can cover me," he said. "At the next level, there will be a lot better corners than in high school, so I'm already ahead of the curve there. I can use my body there because a lot of guys aren't where I'm at physically."

One offer the Parker native is really hoping to land is from Colorado State, as his older brother Jameson is a walk-on quarterback for the Rams. Though he grew up rooting for the Colorado Buffaloes, he has felt an obligation to switch his allegiance. Colorado has yet to express interest in Gann.

"I know CSU really likes me because my brother is up there and I talk to the coaches, but they haven't offered yet. I really hope they will," the wide receiver said. "I grew up rooting for CU, but I had to switch sides."

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