Fullback Chris Pressley is one of the highest rated players at his position in the nation. He has several offers to choose from, but three schools stand above the rest at this point.
"My top three schools are, in order, Maryland, Wisconsin and Stanford," said Pressley. "I'm also considering Tennessee and Indiana."
So why are the Terps at the top of his list?
“They and Stanford are recruiting me hardest. I like Coach O’Brien a lot. They had James Lynch, who plays for the Bengals now, and they used him in a lot of ways. I think I am a little faster than him, and they could use me in a similar way. I think I can go in there, contribute, and maybe even end up starting.”
Over the summer Pressley went to a camp at the Naval Academy where he won most outstanding fullback and running back awards. It was a good experience for him because Navy runs a very similar offense to what his high school runs now, and he learned a lot from working with their coaches.
Pressley had a chance to visit Maryland when the Terps hosted Clemson.
“It was great. I got to go into the locker room, talk to guys like Bruce Perry, and some others. It really made me more interested in Maryland."
In addition to that unofficial visit, he is also going to see Stanford play Notre Dame. After that he has three straight weekends of official visits: December 5th to Wisconsin, December 12th to Indiana, and December 19th to Maryland. He might also take officials to Tennessee and Stanford.
He plans to sit down after football season, around January, and break down the pros and cons of each school.
“There won’t be one big thing that makes up my mind. It will be a really in-depth decision.
"One thing I'll consider is how each school plans to use me. For example, Maryland wants me as a fullback that could both block and catch passes, in a sort of all-around role. Wisconsin on the other hand wants me as a power back, like Ron Dayne, one of my favorite players."
So far, he has led Woodbury to a 4-1 record while accumulating 580 yards on the ground with eight touchdowns. He has improved his strength dramatically and is a more durable player. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds while bench pressing 390 pounds.