'08 Unwrapped: Chris Pousson

DE Chris Pousson

The Saints of St. Augustine went 10-3 last fall and won their second straight CIF Division III championship. Probably their top prospect in the Class of 2008 is defensive end Chris Pousson, who recorded 61 tackles and seven sacks as a junior. The San Diego standout visited Stanford for their Junior Day a month ago and earlier this week received a visit from Jim Harbaugh at his school.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine High School is coming off two consecutive CIF D-III titles, and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is very aware of the success the Saints have had the past few years.  Recently the head coach at the University of San Diego, it was easy to keep tabs on the Saints, but he was even closer than that: his son Jay was a part of their back-to-back titles.

So Harbaugh has a good idea of what's gone on at St. Augustine, and one player that he has been able to watch is defensive end Chris Pousson (6-4, 230).

Pousson was visited by Harbaugh earlier this week, a return visit since Pousson attended Stanford's Junior Day a month ago.

"I liked Stanford a lot, it was really impressive," the recruit reports.  "I didn't get an offer, but I really liked what I saw.  I've been keeping in touch with them, and I knew the coaches from when they were at USD."

Pousson says the Junior Day experience opened his eyes to a great deal about the Cardinal program.

"We had a session where we talked with the players, and I liked hearing from the current players - to hear where the program is headed," Pousson reports.  "I know they haven't been good for a couple of years, but they really sound like they're changing things."

He also was able to take a visit of the athletic facilities, and he left wowed.

"The stadium was awesome," Pousson exclaims.  "I know it was brand new this last year, so they took us through it and that was awesome.  I was really impressed with the weight room and the locker room.  It was cool."

Pousson says he also got a good idea of the academic rigors of Stanford and liked hearing about the educational plan there.

"I'm thinking about being a business major, but I'm not really set on that," he says.  "I have a 3.99 GPA and I scored a 1730 on the SAT, but I'm taking it again and taking the ACT too."

Stanford isn't the only school with which the defensive end has been in contact.

"My coach said that Washington State requested my tapes, and San Diego State is another school.  I've also heard from Yale," Pousson says.  "I like mostly the Pac-10."

Pousson attended the Scout.com All-American Combine last month, and he plans to attend a camp at Penn State this summer.  Then it's back to focusing on St. Augustine's drive for a third straight sectional title.


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