Challenge Seeker

Although Devonte Christopher says he wants to attend a winning program, he admits he would enjoy the challenge of going to a school that is rebuilding. "I just want to play for coaches and players that are committed to winning and work hard to win," Christopher said. "I'd also like to go in and play early of have a chance to compete for a job. That's all I can ask for..."

Devonte Christopher, the 6-foot, 175-pound three-star athlete from Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev., has finished his senior season with over 3000 yards passing for 44 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He also ran the ball for nine additional scores.

Although Scout.com ranks Christopher as the nation's No. 44 safety, he insists that most of his favorites are recruiting him as a quarterback, the position he played his senior year.

Christopher continues to deny a favorite, but is leaning towards Colorado, Stanford, Nebraska, Arizona, San Diego State and Oregon. All of his favorites have offered (10 total) except the Ducks.

"Oregon is recruiting me and they've talked about offering me. They just said they want to see some more film from this year and that even though they are already bringing in one quarterback, they'd still consider brining in another one," he said.

"I haven't really put too much thought into it (recruiting)," Christopher said. "Now that our season is over I plan to really start thinking about recruiting more."

He has already taken official visits to Nebraska (Sept. 14), Stanford (Oct. 12) and Colorado (Oct. 20). "I may still take my other two trips," he said. "I'm not sure yet."

The only school in Christopher's top five that isn't recruiting him for quarterback is Arizona, he says. "I don't really know too much about them yet," he admitted. "But I like their offense and that they pass the ball a lot."

While their record isn't great, Christopher says the team that has impressed him the most this season is Stanford. "They've done better than anybody expected," he said. "They beat USC and Arizona and have won more games this year than they did last year, so obviously they are getting better.

"I think coach Jim Harbaugh is really cool and I like how competitive he is," he said. "He likes to win and they said they want to bring me in and get me on the field as fast as possible."

Colorado, much like Stanford, is another team that is rebuilding. "They are having a rebuilding year," he said. "They had a couple big wins and also lost a couple games they should have won. Overall, they are getting better.

"I had a really great time on my official visit (to Colorado)," he said. "They have really cool fans and I liked the players a lot too. They like to have fun and I just felt comfortable around them."

Christopher visited the Huskers early in the season before they suffered a series of big losses. "The coaches keep me updated ever week and just keep telling me to keep them in mind," he said. "They aren't making any excuses or anything. They said they need players like me to help them rebuild.

"But I've also heard about the rumors about coach Bill Callahan and if he gets fired I don't like my chances with them," Christopher admitted. "I talk to (tight ends) coach Joe Rudolph and he just tells me not to pay attention to rumors."

Although Christopher says he wants to go to a winning program, he admits he would enjoy the challenge of going to a school that is rebuilding. "I just want to play for coaches and players that are committed to winning and work hard to win," he said. "I'd also like to go in and play early of have a chance to compete for a job. That's all I can ask for."

He reports a 4.1 core GPA and a 1470 three-part SAT.

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