December 20, 2009
Despite coaching flux, 2010 recruits remain solid to CMU
The abrupt departure of Butch Jones has put the verbal commitments for Central Michigan's 2010 class in a strange situation. Having committed to Jones and his coaching staff at CMU, they are now put in the unenviable position of not knowing who will be the next coach at Central Michigan. And other schools know that, so they are contacting CMU's commitments in the hope that they can get back in the picture. For many, that is not a factor and they remain solid in their commitment to Central Michigan.
Morris (IL) three star defensive lineman Kevin Henry is still committed to CMU, but has decided to check out other options due to the uncertainty with who will be the next head coach. Bowling Green, Southern Illinois and Akron have recently offered schools have been contacting him regularly, including stops to his high school, but he remains a Chippewa.
Three commits who are very solid in their commitment to CMU are L'Anse Creuse (MI) running back Tyler Lombardo, 2009 greyshirt defensive end Jarrett Fleming and three star linebacker Nores Fradi from Dearborn (MI).
"I'm disappointed," said Lombardo. "Coach Jones was one of the major reasons I committed to CMU. But I understand why he left for Cincinnati and I'm not going to resent him or anything."
Lombardo then went on to reinforce that he is firmly committed to CMU.
"I'm definitely still committed to CMU. I haven't had any second thoughts and I'll be at Central Michigan next year, there is no doubting that."
Fleming, who is set to arrive at CMU on January 11th as a greyshirt from the 2009 class, had some of the same emotions.
"I mean, I was a little disappointed, but he deserves it" said Fleming. "I know why he went to Cincinnati, and he had a great run at Central."
Like Lombardo, Fleming is not having any second thoughts about coming to CMU.
"I'm just trying to get up there and start working out and getting into things. I can't wait to get to CMU."
Fradi is one of CMU's top ranked commits, but he also understands the coaching change.
"You know, I was kind of surprised, but Coach Jones is a great guy and I understand he had a better opportunity. He's moving up in life and he deserved the chance, but I know he left CMU in good shape and the coaches at CMU are still very good."
And just like Lombardo and Fleming, Fradi has had very little second thoughts about his decision.
"Nope, no second thoughts," said Fradi. "I've had a couple of calls from other schools, but I'm not going to change my mind. You know, Florida could call and offer tomorrow and I would still be committed to CMU. I just really like the school and the football program and I can't wait to get up there."
Fradi was able to talk to another 2010 commit in Utica Eisenhower (MI) defensive end Joe Wirth at the Detroit Free Press Dream Team banquet.
"I talked to Joe Wirth a little bit at the banquet, but we both know it's out of our hands, but we know CMU is a great program and all the coaches are great."
Fradi is scheduled to take his official visit to CMU on January 16th, and by then a new coach should be announced.
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