May 16, 2010

Central Michigan recruiting state of Illinois hard

Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos mentioned numerous times in the off-season that he was going to put a major emphasis on the state of Illinois, and the suburban areas surrounding Chicago in particular, and he wasn't lying.

The Chippewas have already secured a verbal commitment from Kaneland tight end Blake Serpa early in the 2011 recruiting period and they now have their eyes set on adding more from Illinois. Currently, five uncommitted players from the state of Illinois have Central Michigan offers and that recruiting territory ranks second only behind the Chippewas home state of Michigan in terms of the number of scholarships offered by state.

Defensive end Riley McMinn (Rochester), offensive lineman Patrick Mulroe (Loyola Academy), quarterback Jud Weinke (Tuscola), linebacker Cody Lopez (Plainfield North), and offensive tackle Tony Durkin (Tinley Park Andrew) are the five aforementioned players and all of them have had a member of the Central Michigan football staff stop by their school sometime in the month of May. Stopping by high schools and building relationships is just one step in recruiting Illinois, but the Chippewas have a lot more going for them then just that

Former quarterback Dan LeFevour who was drafted by the Chicago Bears a few months ago, came to CMU from Downers Grove (IL). Programs such as Illinois and Northern Illinois are in rebuilding or transition years and are having a tough time keeping local talent. And, Central Michigan will play in Evanston next year against the Northwestern Wildcats, offering potential recruits in the state a first hand opportunity to see the Chippewas program play right in their own back yard.

In the early stages of 2011 recruiting, it's clear that Dan Enos and his staff have Michigan as their number one recruiting territory, but it also looks like there is a definitive number two area in Illinois.

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