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Marian QB Streveler goes big time with Big Ten

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Marian Central Catholic High School senior quarterback Chris Streveler had his choice of several colleges and could have waited until after the high school football season to make a decision on where he was going to play next year. However, Streveler decided to end the suspense and has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 

“It’s good to get the whole recruiting thing out of the way,” Streveler said. “That way I can focus on my senior season coming up. We’re looking to improve on what we did last year [the Hurricanes lost in the quarterfinals].”Marian Central quarterback Chris Streveler leads the Hurricanes over Tinley Park 55-39 in the IHSA playoffs Nov. 4, 2011. Streveler will play for the University of Minnesota.

Streveler was looking at the University of Pittsburgh, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Harvard University, Yale University  and South Dakota State University, but, after three visits to the Golden Gophers campus, his decision was made. 

“I love Minnesota,” Streveler said. “I’ve been up their three times, and I just really liked it. I really have a good connection with [quarterback] coach [Jim] Zabrowski. I really like what the coaching staff is going to do there. I think they are going to turn the program around and have a winning program in the next couple years, and I want to be part of it. I’m pretty fired up about it.”

Marian head coach Ed Brucker said Minnesota is a good fit for Streveler, who he considers one of the best players he has ever coached.

“It’s a good fit for him,” Brucker said. “I think he’s happy to get it over. … He’s probably one of the best players I have had in my coaching career. He’s a natural born leader. He’s got that ‘it’ factor.”

This past year at Marian, the 6-foot 3-inch, 205-pound Streveler threw for 26 touchdowns and about 2,500 yards, rushed for 17 touchdowns and ran for about 1,000 yards. Because of his athletic ability, the coaching staff at Minnesota may have him play safety or wide receiver if necessary, he said.

“I’m hoping to bring my athletic ability at the quarterback position,” Streveler said. “They said they were looking for a quarterback that was not only a good passer and runner but could also play different positions.”

With the decision behind him, Streveler said he is looking forward to his last season playing for the ’Canes.

“I’m pretty fired up,” Streveler said. “Two-a-days are a month away. I think we have a good team. We have a lot of young guys who will need to step up right away. We need to play like we know we can and keep getting better.”

Streveler will receive a full scholarship and has not decided a course of study at this time.