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To get DE, you have to play the game

Tulsa (Okla.) East Central three-star strongside defensive end Chris Todd is like any other teenager. He likes girls, food, football and especially his PlayStation2.
So if you’re a college coach looking to strike a chord with the 6-foot-2, 276-pound Todd, you better you might want to learn how to play NCAA 2004.
“That’s the best game ever,” Todd said Monday night with the game blaring in the background. “I play with a bunch of teams. I try them all. I’ve even created my own team and played with them for a while.”
Todd, who is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state of Oklahoma, said he has also put on the coaches hat and recruited prospects in the game’s dynasty feature.
“It’s kind of fun to be on the other side and try to recruit kids like the coaches do with me,” Todd said. “It’s kind of neat to see how many other good players out there. The game gives you an idea of what it’s like to really be a go coach and go after the players like me.”
And getting a guy like Todd on your commitment list is going to be tough.
With scholarship offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas and Tulsa and heavy interest from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the battle to land his pledge is a heated one.
“Right now, I don’t have any favorites,” Todd said. “I do know that I will visit Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado for sure. I think I might also go check out Arkansas.”
Todd said he has been to Oklahoma a few times for unofficial visits and was there to see the Sooners beat OSU.
“That was really neat,” he said. “I was impressed with the crowd and the whole atmosphere.”