December 19, 2013

CMU adds two time D7 state champ Alex Briones

Central Michigan kept their recruiting momentum going on Thursday night when they added one of the most decorated high school players from the state of Michigan.

Quarterback Alex Briones is fresh off back-to-back Division 8 state titles as his Hematites defeated Detroit Loyola both years.

"It's been a great overall ride," added Briones. "I've really developed over the years and to win two state championships is every high school football players dream. I've just been blessed with very good teammates, coaches, trainers and everyone around our team."

Standing 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Briones played good ole fashioned iron man as he played both quarterback and middle linebacker for his high school team. He was named to the Division 7-8 AP All-State Team at QB for both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior he completed 43-65 passes for 1,050 yards and 10 touchdowns, while adding 814 yards and 13 TD's on the ground. And while those stats may not pop out initially, consider that he rarely played a full game due to Ishpeming's dominant play.

And CMU may have found quite a steal in Briones, as not many schools are making the trek to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to recruit players. Ishpeming is a town of just over 6,000 people and despite being in the same state, it's still a good 5 hour drive to Mount Pleasant.

"I haven't had a chance to visit CMU yet," added Briones. "I'm actually headed there in January, but I've heard it's real nice. I know the town really rallies around the team and supports them, and they have had a winning tradition at CMU. And obviously it's an incredible opportunity to play Division 1 football and I can't wait to get started."

Briones indicated that he will start out his career at CMU as a quarterback, but is open to any position change that will get him on the field. His main recruiter at CMU was Tight Ends Coach Butch Barry.

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