Junior to Watch: Chris Pressley
School: Woodbury, N.J.
Size and speed: Pressley is 6-foot-2, 255 pounds and has been timed by his coach at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash by his coach. He also has a 31-inch vertical leap, 390-pound bench-press, can put up 37 reps of 185 pounds and a squat max of 670 pounds.
Honors: Pressley was an all-conference and all-South Jersey pick as a junior.
Statistics: As a junior, Pressley missed his entire season because of an injury in the first game in the season. However, he rushed for 1,001 yards on 91 carries and seven scores as a sophomore.
Favorite Schools: Pressley lists Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse, Navy, East Carolina and Illinois as his leaders in order. He has offers early from Maryland, North Carolina, Boston College and Navy.
Skinny: It’s not too often that you can miss your entire junior season with an injury and still have a number of scholarships sitting on the table. But Woodbury, N.J., standout fullback/defensive end Chris Pressley is the exception to the rule.
When you look at his body and his physical stature, it’s easy to see that he’s one of the strongest kids in then nation. And if you ask his coach, Zack Valentine, you’ll find out that Pressley is one of those special players that come around every once in a while.
“He can’t be tackled,” his coach said.
And that’s something that Pressley is very proud of.
“I run very hard,” he said. “It takes many defenders to take me down and I still don’t like to let me get to the ground. I like to dish out the pain, too.”
Pressley hopes to be a pain to opponents this upcoming season after missing his junior season. He also hopes to bring the pain in college, and he already has a few solid options to consider.
“I’m going to camp at Maryland and North Carolina this summer,” he said. “I think those are at the end of June. “I never really followed one team or another in college, so this should be interesting to me.”
Pressley said he is going to look at two things when it comes time to make a college choice.
“I want to play for a school that’s going to get me the attention from the pro scouts,” he said. “But in case of an injury or something else, I want to have a good academic school, too.”