January 15, 2010
Several in-state players should get looks from CMU
With Dan Enos taking over at Central Michigan, it is almost expected that the Chippewas will finish strong in the recruiting department. With 18 players currently committed, there are still a few scholarships available and the finish to the class could have an in state flavor with Enos's recruiting ties to the state of Michigan. We take a look at some of the top available players in Michigan whom the Chippewas could land before signing day.
Saginaw wide receiverGreg Hayes: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds
-Hayes was offered by the Chippewas a few months ago and is a dynamic athlete that has played wide receiver, cornerback and safety at Saginaw. Hayes is also s standout on the basketball team at Saginaw. Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan have offered as well, and Michigan State and Iowa were the top two schools showing interest. It appears though, that Hayes is looking to go out of state.
"Greg is a tremendous football player that runs a legit 4.35 (for 40 yards)," Lee said. "When he told me he wanted to go some place warmer, I thought of Coach Hoke. I called him and asked him what he thought and sent some tape. Greg can definitely play out there" said Saginaw head football coach Gary Lee in a report with AztecSports Report.com.
Melvindale corner Wayne Pettus: 5-foot-8, 160 pounds
-Not a lot has changed in the recruitment of Pettus as he still holds offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan while the Big Ten schools have been reluctant to offer him due to size concerns. Despite his size, colleges cannot ignore his production. Before the coaching change, CMU was rumored to be the leader if Pettus was going to stay in state.
Grand Rapids C.C. corner Anthony Hollis: 5-foot-10, 180 pounds
-Hollis was a dynamic athlete who had MAC offers when he graduated in graduated in 2007, but academic issues led him to Grand Rapids C.C. He runs a legit 4.4 forty and has been a lockdown corner in the JUCO ranks for a Grand Rapids C.C program that was among the best in the country after a resurrection by head coach Tony Annese, who was the high school head coach of Muskegon prior. He has the physical skills to contribute right away, it's just a matter of him having his academics in order, which appears to be a non issue now.
"Anthony Hollis epitomizes what we want our people to be and so is Phillip Lewis," Annese commented. "Those are two outstanding young people who underachieved in high school academically, but have really committed themselves to choose a path that is righteous in a lot of ways as students and as fine examples for young people" said Annese in an interview with Rivals.com.
Sterling Heights Stevenson wide receiver D.J. Mershman: 5-foot-11. 180 pounds
-All Mershman has done in his career is produce, and despite 4.5 speed and some of the top receiving numbers the state has ever seen, Division 1 schools have yet to offer him. He caught 92 passes, with 20 of them being for touchdowns as a senior. CMU has been in steady contact with Mershman, and it's no secret that if the Chippewas chose to offer him, he would be wearing maroon and gold in a heartbeat.
"Right now, Grand Valley State has offered me and is probably recruiting me the hardest," Mershman said. "However, I really want to go to Central Michigan and they are my number one school" said Mershmann in an interview with ChippewaCountry earlier this year.
Detroit King defensive end Samuel Sillmon: 6-foot-3, 236 pounds
-Sillmon was on the backburner for CMU during the old coaching regime and was reportedly close to receiving an offer. He has visited the campus multiple times, including the Akron football game, and he has solid blood lines as his father played basketball at Eastern Michigan for two years. Like former CMU defensive end and fellow Detroit native Sam Williams, Sillmon may receive an offer late in the recruiting game.
Lowell offensive lineman Connor Kruse: 6-foot-4, 290 pounds
-Kruse was an integral part in Lowell's state champion squad that steamrolled Inkster on the ground in the championship game. Kruse first burst onto the scene after an impressive summer camp circuit, including a well documented battle with the state's number one player in Michigan State bound William Gholston, who Kruse got the better of. He currently has an offer from Western Michigan, but other schools in the state are still evaluating him.
"I recently visited Grand Valley State," he said. "I also would like to visit Michigan State, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Hopefully I get offers as recruiting is getting somewhat stressful" said Kruse in an interview with Spartan Mag.com.
All of the above players have had impressive careers in the stat and figure to be good football players somewhere. Whether that is at CMU or not will depend on the recruiting evaluations of CMU head coach Dan Enos and his staff. Regardless, Enos made it very clear that no stone will be left unturned in Michigan and the Chippewas should reap the benefits of his tireless recruiting efforts in state.
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