Cody Chittum at Who's #1 (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
It only took two days after the recruiting period opened up for one of the biggest shoes to drop. Cody Chittum (Cleveland, TN) the top-ranked 145 lber in the country has given a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota per his social media. Chittum will surely be one of the top sophomores in the nation during MatScouts updated Big Board for the Class of 2023.
Chittum was selected to wrestle in â€œWho's #1â€ last fall and earned an 8-5 victory over Iowa-signee Wyatt Henson. He was the only sophomore invited to the event. Also in the fall, Chittum turned heads at the Elite 8 Duals when he moved up to 160 lbs and took out Arizona State signee Cael Valencia. Chittum also challenged Dean Hamiti, who finished the year #5 on the Big Board. That result didn't go Chittum's way, but his desire to bump up and compete against top-level talent like Valencia and Hamiti spoke volumes.
Cody spent his freshman year at Blair Academy where he was a Beast of the East champion and a National Prep runner-up. As the pandemic hit, Chittum stayed in Tennessee and enrolled at Cleveland High School, where he won a state title earlier this year.
Cody has placed in Fargo 16U division four times. Most recently, in 2019, he was a Greco-Roman runner-up and third in freestyle, while competing at 138 lbs.
Chittum's physical style should fit in well with the Big Ten and Minnesota. He projects between the 149 and 157 lb weight classes. Currently Minnesota has sophomores at both weights, so he can redshirt and fill in at whichever weight is best suited for him at that point.