This spring Chris Zellner joined a number of players who changed their position. Zellner is one of…
"I will be the best juco WR in country next fall"
Height: 6' 2 1/2"
40 time: 4.42
From: Memphis, TN
Junior College: Coahoma CC
The following information was revealed during our interview with Corey Kizer:
How did your freshman season at Coahoma CC go? "I did pretty good. I had 25 catches for 588 and 7 TD's."
Did you garner any awards? "We have not had our team banquet yet."
What did you learn from playing with Julius and Joshua? "Julius, he was just so good. I just watched everything he did at practices. I had to adjust a lot because I did not even start until the last three games. I had to share the ball, and I had never done that before. I just learned how to be patient and wait for my time. They taught me how to run good routes and how to separate from the defensive backs. I learned a lot."
What most did you improve on last season? "My catching got a whole lot better. Some questioned my toughness coming out of high school. They said I did not like to go across the middle. I think last year I proved them wrong. Four of my TD's came with me catching it across the middle. And like I said before, Joshua and Julius taught me how to run better routes and how to separate from the DB's."
What are you working on to take your game to that next level? "Just being the man now that Joshua Chapple and Julius are gone. I want to add to my speed and quickness so I can get a lot of looks from the scouts. It is not like Coahoma CC is a big football school. I need to let everybody know where I am, and the only way for me to do that is to have a real big year next season."
Which schools have made contact with you? "Nobody can call yet, but I have been getting some mail from Ole Miss and Washington. That is about it. I have not received too much (mail). Like I said, I do not think anybody knows where I am at because I am in Coahoma."
Has any one school been consistent with you? "Talking about letters? I have gotten about the same amount from each of them (Washington and Ole Miss). They have sent me probably 5 letters each."
You signed with Ole Miss out of high school, but the staff you signed with is no longer there; where does this put Ole Miss? "I am still very interested in Ole Miss, but now I am going to take my time. Last time, coming out of high school, I kind of jumped. It is not that I regret signing with Ole Miss, but I only took visits to Ole Miss and South Carolina. I canceled my visits to Miami, Tennessee, and Oklahoma State after I committed to Ole Miss. I really never got a chance to visit all of the schools I was interested in."
Have you not had any contact what so ever from Tennessee, Miami, and Oklahoma State since you enrolled at Coahoma CC? "No sir, I have not had any contact with them. Like I said, I do not think anybody knows where I am."
No person to person contact or phone contact with Ole Miss' newest staff? "No, I have not spoken with anyone from Ole Miss."
Have you attended any college practices this Spring? "No sir, I have not really did anything. Nobody has invited me to any Spring practices or games."
Which schools are you currently interested in? "I am loving Miami because Carlos Armour goes there. If they were to offer me again, I am probably about 95% sure I would come. I like South Carolina because my old high school QB, Antonio Heffner, goes there. Ole Miss is a nice place because they have a coach who has won the national championship, and that is who I signed my letter of intent with out of high school. But really, who ever is interested in me, I am interested in them. I think I will be the best juco player in the country next year, so whoever gets me, is getting the best."
What will be the factors in your decision? "Their team prestige, coach's prestige. Location will not be a factor. I will go anywhere. I will look at how many WR's they are sending to the league. Do they pass the ball? I want to get the ball. Publicity, but most of all the coach's prestige and team. I am looking for a good coach who can make me a better player. That is the main thing."
When are you scheduled to graduate? "I get out in December. I have been going to summer school."
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