Chris Overton talks recruiting

Chris Overton

Glenville High School has turned into a Cleveland area powerhouse under head coach Ted Ginn, Sr. One of this year's seniors is Chris Overton, a multi-talented athlete, who has been been a contributor for the Tarblooders since his sophomore season. In his first year as a starter, he played quarterback, but will move to wide receiver and defensive back for his senior season.

Glenville High School has turned into a Cleveland area powerhouse under head coach Ted Ginn, Sr. One of this year's seniors is Chris Overton, a multi-talented athlete, who has been been a contributor for the Tarblooders since his sophomore season. In his first year as a starter, he played quarterback, but will move to wide receiver and defensive back for his senior season. However, Army thinks he was right where he needed to be as a junior.

"I really didn't know much about Army until they started recruiting me," said Chris Overton. "Once I looked into it, the more interested I became. I've watched all of their games and see what they do offensively. Last season, when I played quarterback we ran some wishbone, the midline option, and a lot of quarterback draws. Coach (Tucker) Waugh thinks I can do a lot of the same things in their offense. Right now, Army and Air Force are the two schools on me the most, so I want to get with my dad and set up a visit during the season."

Overton, 5-foot-10, 165-pounds, had a busy summer going to camps at Akron, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), and Ohio State. He's ready to show off his skills at wide receiver this season and see how many offers he can accumulate during his senior season at Glenville.

"My goal is to win a state championship," he said. "If I stay focused on that, then recruiting will take care of itself. Since I knew I was going to be playing receiver I worked on developing my speed this summer. I ran a 4.6 (40-yard dash) at the Ohio State camp, but my best time is a 4.5. I've improved on my upper body strength and my route running."

Overton says the Tarblooders will be playing with a "chip on our shoulder" after missing the playoffs in 2011. It was just two years ago when they reached the Ohio Division 1 state championship, a first for a Cleveland public school, in Overton's sophomore season. He hopes to do his part in getting the team back while hoping to hear more from the college programs expressing interest.

"My main for [for college] is getting a good education," Overton said. "With football, I want to be at a place where I can be succesful at a high level with a good community surrounding the campus. Since I've been hearing so much from Army and Air Force, I'm starting to hear more from Navy. The two MAC schools showing the most interest are Akron and Kent State. I'm also hearing from Bucknell, Fordham, and Georgetown."

Overton's father, Tony, is an assistant on the Tarblooders football staff and also his head coach in track and field.

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