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June 24, 2012In the world of Central Michigan football recruiting, the last week has been hectic to say the least. To summarize, head coach Dan Enos and his staff took a class that was already leading the Mid-American Conference (along with Toledo) in total number of commitments doubled it in about 26 hours. They added three offensive linemen, a running back, a defensive end and a linebacker.
Here is a list of the commitments that they added during their mid-week blitz this week:
Austin Doan, offensive lineman, Romeo (Mich.)
Derrick Nash, running back, Carrollton (Mich.)
Jeff Perry, linebacker, Morris (Ill.)
Alex Coty, offensive lineman, South Bend (Ind.) Clay
Don Kyre, defensive end, Olivet (Mich.)
Jack Ford, offensive lineman, Cadillac (Mich.)
They followed that up by adding another defensive end on Sunday in Chris Kantzavelos out of Bartlett, Illinois. That means that CMU has brought in the majority of their class in the last five days, with six of those commits coming in a 26 hour period. And it's not as if they only have a few members in the class right now. They already have 13 commitments in the class, which leads the conference.
Here's some perspective on that number. The MAC team with the second-most commits, Toledo, only has six. Northern Illinois has five. There are only six other MAC teams right now that have more than one commit in their class right now. The rest of the MAC West has 11 commitments. COMBINED. The entirety of the MAC East division, seven teams in all, has 15 commitments combined.
The quality of the recruits has been solid as well. The average Rivals star-rating for the 13 recruits is 2.50. Toledo and Northern Illinois each have an average of 2.50 stars for their class as well, but as mentioned early, those two schools only have half the commits that the Chippewas do. The only school with a higher average is Ohio with an average of 3.0 stars, but the Bobcats only have one player in their class right now. CMU and Toledo are also the only schools in the conference with more than one three-star recruit in their class.
So where do the Chippewas go from here? Well, with the allotted scholarships remaining for this class, along with natural attrition at the end of the 2012 season, they probably have roughly 10 spots left in this class. Those spots will probably go to the following positions: running back, tight end, defensive end and defensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback, safety and possibly punter. The biggest positions of need are tight end, defensive line and running back. The Chippewas will probably look to add multiple players at tight end and along the defensive line. CMU should add several commits over the next couple weeks as the recruiting season continues. Last summer, CMU had picked up 15 of their 24 total commitments by July 14.
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