April 29, 2010
Numerous players could be close to netting CMU offers
With the month of May quickly coming upon us, football recruiting season is about to pick up as coaches from collegiate football teams are allowed to visit with prospects and trip to prospective recruits schools.
Central Michigan has been somewhat selective with their offers up until now, but face to face encounters could change that. Here a few prospects who could receive offers from the Chippewas very soon.
Williamston (MI) offensive tackle Ethan Wirth
-The 6-foot-6 and 250 pound Wirth has seen his recruitment steadily pickup and recently added his first offer from Bowling Green. Indiana and Western Michigan have also been showing a ton of interest, but the Chippewas may have the edge as Wirth has been on campus numerous times and has been very impressed with the CMU program.
Big Rapids (MI) safety Justin Currie
-File Currie into the sleeper category as not too many schools are familiar with the 6-foot-2 and 187 pound athlete. An athlete that could also project at wide receiver, Currie posted a 37.5 inch vertical jump and ran the forty in 4.4 seconds.
Lutheran High North (MI) safety Zak Bielicki
-A two way star for his high school team, Beilicki has 4.5 speed and a 35 inch vertical jump while standing at 6-foot and 188 pounds. He is being viewed as a safety prospect and put together a very impressive junior season. On offense he ran for 626 yards and 6 touchdowns on 86 carries and also caught 20 passes for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns. Defensively he tallied 112 tackles, 5 interceptions, and recovered two fumbles. Additionally, Bielicki was his team's kickoff and punt returner, and he made numerous special teams plays for Lutheran North as well. He is billed as one of the top sleepers in state, and a strong camp performance this summer could net him his first offer, maybe from CMU, who has shown tons of early interest.
Macomb Dakota (MI) offensive lineman Bernard Taylor
-Two years ago CMU was able to land three star offensive lineman Jeff Fantuzzi from Macomb Dakota, and now they may be in line for another stalwart O-lineman. Taylor, a 6-foot-2 and 284 pound guard, posted a sub 5.0 forty and posted a 33.5 inch vertical jump at the recent Michigan Preps Combine. He has all the makings of a Division 1 interior lineman and recently picked up an offer from Indiana.
Kenosha (WI) defensive back Trae Waynes
-There is no doubting Waynes speed, as the 6-foot and 170 pound athlete reports a 4.3 forty. He has already drawn offers from North Dakota and North Dakota State, but those don't figure to be his last. Bowling Green, Ball State, Michigan, Iowa State, and Michigan State have all shown interest early on, and so have the Chippewas. Waynes visited CMU last month for a spring practice and with the evaluation period under way, an offer seems very likely.
"I got to see one of [Central Michigan's] practices and they were pretty physical, so I liked that a lot. I got to meet all the coaches and they want to see me at camp to see whether I am a safety or corner. They said if I do well enough I could walk out with an offer" Waynes told Josh Helmholdt.
Menasha (WI) offensive lineman Foster Bush
-The 6-foot-5 and 270 pound Bush has already drawn an offer from Illinois State and a host of other programs are showing interest. CMU is stopping by his high school next Thursday and Bush fits the new offensive lineman model that the Chippewas are looking for.
Good Counsel (MD) quarterback Zach Dancel
-It's no secret that the Chippewas are looking to add a quarterback, and they may have stumbled upon one in the familiar recruiting turf of Maryland. Dancel is just seeing his recruitiment pick up, but numerous schools including Miami (OH) and CMU are intrigued by the 6-foot and 196 pound quarterback with 4.6 speed.
"The Division I attention is starting to pick up, mostly from Miami of Ohio and Central Michigan," Dancel said. "[Good Counsel] Coach [Kevin] McFadden didn't tell me exactly what those coaches have been saying, but he did tell me they're interested" Dancel told MDHigh.com.
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