July 19, 2010

Big Rapids (MI) pair to rivals: Randle to CMU, Currie to WMU

Shortly after receiving their 8th commitment for t he 2011 class, the Central Michigan Chippewas added their 9th in the form of Big Rapids (MI) athlete Ben Randle. The 6-foot-4 and 250 pound Randle chose the Chippewas over an offer from Ball State and interest from numerous other programs.

"I just really liked the coaches a lot. CMU is close to home, and it will be nice to stay in the area. I also thought about Ball State, but I just liked the coaches a lot more at CMU and the proximity of being only like 30 minutes away was a big draw," said Randle. "I thought about it for awhile, and the combination of the coaches and just the whole atmosphere at CMU made it an easy decision."

Randle is a versatile athlete who has played numerous positions at Big Rapids, including tight end, defensive end and quarterback. While his versatility could project to any number of positions, it appears tight end will be his future position with the Chippewas.

"Yeah, I think I'm going to be a tight end," added Randle. "I could also play defensive end, but I'm pretty sure they recruited me as a tight end. I like playing tight end and I think that's a great position for me at the next level."

While Randle has committed to Central Michigan, one of his teammates also made a commitment this month in Justin Currie. The 6-foot-2 and 187 pound Currie verbally pledged to Western Michigan, meaning the two Big Rapids teammates have committed to respective sides in the MAC's top rivalry.

"We've talked about it and it's something we joke around about all the time," laughed Randle. "But we know that once our season starts, we're going to war together and we can worry about all that stuff later on."

Currie did not hold an offer from the Chippewas, but he is more than happy to be a Bronco.

"I went there on a visit and I just had a real good time," added Currie. "They have a great campus and I got to know the coaches real well. I still liked Central Michigan and Michigan State, but not as much as Western Michigan."

Currie will be playing a safety rover position for the Broncos and he is the first verbal commitment for the Broncos in 2011.

"I just got an email from all the coaches on their staff saying how excited they were to have me be a part of their program, so they were really happy" said Currie.

Even though Currie held the CMU program in high regard and now has a teammate committed to the Chippewas, he says he will stay committed to WMU even if CMU extends an offer.

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm solid on Western, I don't see myself looking around."

With two of the top players in northern Michigan, look for the Big Rapids Cardinals to be a force on the field this season. Both were first team All-Conference selections last year and expect more on both Randle and Currie in the near future as we follow the two throughout their senior season.

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