July 28, 2010
Chaparral wideout looks forward to CSU camp
At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Parker (Col.)'s Christian Gann stands out on edge of Chaparral's offense sets. This weekend he is hoping to stand out on the field at the Colorado State one-day camp in an effort to secure a scholarship from the Ram football team.
"I am hoping to show them what I can do because they haven't really seen me play a lot. They have just seen what I have on film and I only played in like seven games because I broke my hand. I have come a long ways since then," Gann said. "I can do a lot of things that I don't think a lot of other people can do. Not just that I am 6-4, but I use it well. I get up and get the ball and I use my body to get up there. That is my favorite thing to do. I can go up and get it."
Gann's numbers include a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash, a 300-pound bench press max, a 335-pound squat and a vertical leap of 36 inches. Last season he caught 23 passes for 459 yards in an injury-shortened year. In the classroom, Gann will likely be a full qualifier thanks to a 29 on the ACT and a 3.97 grade-point average.
Gann is familiar with the Colorado State football program, thanks to his brother, Jameson Gann's, association with the Colorado State's football team. Jameson has been on a two-year LDS mission and will be joining the Rams this fall. Christian, who said he would likely not take a mission after high school, said he has seen the program, is familiar with it and likes what he sees in Fort Collins.
"I like them a lot," Gann said of Colorado State. "My brother goes there and plays tight end. I know a little bit more about them than the other schools because I've been around them for a couple years. He went away for two years and just came back. In those two years they have made some huge improvements and it is impressive. I think CSU is a really good school, not just for football but I like the town and think the coaches are really nice."
Thus far Gann holds a scholarship offer from the Air Force Academy and has been to camp at Wyoming. He is also talking to Utah, Kansas State, Minnesota and Wyoming. He said distance from home isn't a make-or-break proposition, but he wouldn't mind staying closer to home. He said his visits to schools in the region are helping him decide his plans for the next four years, but also muddying up the waters as well.
"Every time I go to a camp or school, I have a new favorite school," he said with a laugh. "Every school I go to I am blown out of the water. I am starting to narrow it down no in terms of what I like, what doesn't matter and all that."
Gann said Chaparral went 8-3 last season before losing in the second round of playoffs to Columbine. This year they open up with defending state champ Denver Mullen. Despite the tough opening week draw, Gann said his will be a talented team and he is looking forward to a strong year.
"We can do some good things this year," he said.
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