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A converted OL, Dwight/Gardner-South Wilmington’s 2019 TE/DE Chris Bement talked his relentless offseason schedule, schools starting to show interest in him and I also got head coach Luke Standiford’s thoughts on Bement.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 235 lbs
LPI: Tell me about what you’ve been doing this season to take your game to the next level. Also, do you play any other sports in the offseason?
CB: Coming into the season I knew that in order to start getting recognized I would have to change a couple of things. For starters, I knew I had to start hitting the gym more and start running more. I also needed to start eating better foods. Doing all of these resulted in me losing over 20 pounds, and gaining more muscle. This also allowed me to make the transition from left guard to tight end. Something else that helped me improve as player was basketball. Playing basketball in the offseason helped me out a lot with jump balls and my cuts.
LPI: What are your greatest strengths on the field?
CB: My greatest strengths on the field are my abilities to catch and block. I love catching the ball and making plays after the catch, but I also love cracking down on linebackers and helping my hoggies create holes for my running back. I also have a really high motor. You’ll usually find me in the fourth quarter still trying to make plays for my team.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers. What schools have you been in touch with?
CB: As of right now if have spoke with coaches from NIU and Illinois State University.
LPI: Do you have any planned visits set? If so, where at?
CB: As of right now I have been invited to an NIU football game by a coach and have spoke with another coach from Illinois State University about a visit.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Logan Graham – RB/OLB/QB 6 foot 202 pounds. Logan will play any position you put him at. Logan is a really really good tackler. He has a knack for the ball. Chances are if you have the ball and you’re playing against us number 5 is on his way to light you up. Logan had some incredible hits this year some I was honestly surprised to see the other kids get up from. He’s also one of the best leaders on the team. During the offseason, Logan helped me become a better pass catcher. We would go out to the football field and just run routes all day long. From sun up to sundown we would be working out trying to improve.
Dwight/Gardner-South Wilmington Head Coach Luke Standiford on Bement on and off the field
“Chris definitely has the size and skill set to play on either side of the ball at the next level. He also has a great work ethic that will get him there. He was playing O-Line a year ago and decided he wanted to be more of a skill player, so he worked his tail off and lost about 20 lbs and played tight end. He stands 6’4″-6’5″ weighing about 230 and is the fastest kid on our team. He’s still a little raw, but he’s always asking what he can do to get better. I’m a strength and conditioning coach so I’m going to work with Chris a lot during the off season.”