When you first meet Tulsa (Okla.) East Central's Chris Todd, you might not believe that the soft-spoken young man could be the mean, nasty player on the field as described by coach Travis Hill. The interest being shown to the 6-foot-2 ½, 276-pound strongside defensive end from teams in the Big 12 confirms the praise given by his coach.
"As a former college coach myself, I can tell you that Chris is the extremely athletic defensive lineman that college coaches are looking for.” Hill said.
“He's runs a 4.7 consistently and can slam a basketball anyway you want it. He's a versatile player for us, which lines up primarily at defensive end, but he's powerful enough that we can move him inside when teams are game-planning around him."
Todd has received phone calls in May from OU's Jackie Shipp, Bill Snyder from Kansas State as well as coaches from Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Tulsa.
Todd currently holds offers from Colorado State and Southwest Missouri State and hopes to garner more attention when he attends camps this summer at Colorado, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
"I'm looking for a place that has good academic support and a coaching staff with a track record of developing their players," Todd said.
According to Coach Hill, former defensive coordinator at Northeastern A&M, Todd should develop into a good one at the next level.
"Next to Juqua Thomas, he's got the most potential of any player I've had the opportunity to coach,” Hill said. “He's not quite the physical specimen that Juqua was, but you won't find a more relentless, hard-working player than Chris Todd."
Todd hopes that the college coaches recruiting him agree. Todd remains open to all those showing interest and claims no favorite.