Role change could spark Overton's recruitment

Chris Overton had to do a little bit of everything for Cleveland Glenville offensively last season. His time on the field last season was almost split in half between receiver and quarterback. While that is what Glenville needed Overton to do to win, it has set his recruiting back a bit.

This season, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior will likely split time again, but this fall it will be at receiver and cornerback. Overton said he played cornerback as a freshman on the junior varsity team but has not played it since. He said he is comfortable at corner but “not as natural” at it as he is receiver.

“He’s going to play some defensive back this year,” his father and Tarblooders assistant coach Tony Overton. “He’s mostly been on offense throughout his career … because he’s so important on offense. He’ll be playing some punt return and kick return, too. To open up some recruiting we’ll get him on the nickel package.”

Chris estimates he spent 60 percent of his snaps at receiver and 40 percent at quarterback last season. This year he hopes to only line up at quarterback in Wildcat packages.

At this point most of the MAC schools and a handful of Big Ten schools are interested in Overton, but no offers have come yet. Air Force, Akron, Bowling Green, Illinois and Kent State are a few of the programs pursuing Overton.

Whichever school Overton ends up at will get just as good of a student as a player, too. Overton has a weighted GPA above 4.0 and is even taking college courses already. Ivy League schools Princeton and Yale already are pursuing Overton.

“I get out of Glenville to work on college courses,” said Overton, who takes the classes at a local community college. “I take philosophy and health. I’ve done it for three semesters so far.”

It’s no wonder academics will be one of three main components in Overton’s recruitment.

“Location, a lot of tradition behind the school and where I can get the best education also,” he said of what his decision will come down to.