|Chris Jellison of Santa Barbara High tries to elude past a Rio Mesa defender during the Dons' 47-45 loss on Sept. 18. Jellison has become one to watch for the Central Coast's 2017 class (photo by Lorenzo Reyna).|
He goes by the nickname “Tick,” but Chris Jellison of Santa Barbara High reminds people that his other name has nothing to do with the arachnid, even with his small frame of 5-foot-10, 170-pounds.
Jellison would rather be known as the tick who burned defenses with his routes and big plays; which he has done for the Dons and has now earned a “Rising Star Watch” label from Cali Gold Mine.
What makes him the receiver that he is? Time to break down:
WHAT TO LIKE: Shows a burst after the catch, then slips by defenders like an ice cube on the kitchen floor. Has excellent concentration for the football when defenders play aggressively close to him in man schemes. A reliable deep threat who knows how to get open. Fluid route runner.
WHAT TO BUILD ON: Has to show an ability to make the catches away from his body. Need to see his ability to fight off jams consistently, but most of the time he lines up in the slot, which makes it hard for defenses to allow its defenders to play up to him. I’ll have to see his blocking ability in the run game. His speed can always improve - currently runs a 4.64 40-yard dash time according to his Hudl account.
OVERALL: Jellison has emerged as the Julian Edelman for the Dons’ offense, which operates with mainly three or four wide receiver sets. His head coach J.T. Stone called Jellison “A big time prospect.” He’s Santa Barbara’s most explosive option at receiver right now.
More on Jellison can be seen here.