July 13, 2011

Lavallii Reacts to Commitment

On Monday, Central Michigan gained the commitment of Mason (Mich.) running back Saylor Lavallii. He was the 13th verbal commitment in the Class of 2012 and the second running back. The 5-foot-10, 204 pound running back chose CMU over offers from Kent State, Ohio and Penn State.

"My family and I went down there yesterday to meet with Enos and the rest of the coaching staff. We talked for about 45 minutes and then I committed. They were very happy and excited to have me on the team. It is just a good environment and I'm really happy about my decision."

After making the decision to commit, Lavallii and his family drove around Mount Pleasant for a bit to see where he would spend a good portion of the next five to six years.

"I've seen the campus a few times. But on Monday, I just drove around the campus and looked around at everything again to see where I will spend my next four years. Also, we went around and got fan gear for everyone. I like it that it is close for my family and friends, so they can come watch me play. I already have some friends that go there, so that helps too."

Ultimately, Lavallii's decision came down to Central Michigan and Penn State, but he says that the coaching staff at CMU was what put the Chippewas over the top.

"I was offered by Penn State when I went down there to a camp. It was awesome getting an offer from them. Everything is so sweet, Beaver Stadium and everything else. But with the coaching staff, I just didn't get the same feel that I did with Central's staff. A lot of people get caught up with the name Penn State and not how they feel and fit in. That is one I thing I wanted to make sure I didn't do. I wanted the school to be a good fit and a place that I see myself playing for the next four years. It came down to both Penn State and Central Michigan, but I just got a better feel from Central, so I decided to go there."

With his decision made, Lavallii will begin to shift his focus to his senior year. Last year as a junior, he ran for 1,800 yards and he hopes to make the same impact again.

"Now I am just going to get ready for my senior year. We are young, but I believe we will have a really good year. I know a lot of players that go to Central, because I have played against teams like Waverly and Lansing Catholic Central, which has Cooper Rush."

"The whole process was draining, but it was a lot of fun. I am just blessed that I got this opportunity to play college football and now I am going to continue to just take it all in"

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