April 7, 2013

TE Jonathan Carson becomes Commit No. 2

Central Michigan received some big news earlier this week when they picked up their second commitment in tight end Jonathan Carson.

Hailing from Shorewoord Messmer (Wisc.), Carson was on the Chippewas campus this past week for his spring break, and he saw all he needed to know CMU was the right fit.

"I went up there again for another visit and really just loved the campus," added Carson. "I had a chance to check out the library and dorms, and they really had everything academically I was looking for. And everywhere we went, the people around campus were just so nice and enjoyable to be around. From a football standpoint, I know the coaching staff will be able to teach me a lot in my four years, and Coach (Dan) Enos reminded me a lot of my current head coach as well, so I felt very comfortable with him."

And the Chippewas coaching staff was plenty happy to have him.

"They were very excited when I told them," exclaimed Carson. "They were jumping up and around and all came to shake my hand. I committed right before practice, so they were telling all of the players I committed and it was a great feeling."

At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, CMU is getting a tight end with a proven ability to catch the ball and stretch the field. Last season he averaged 27.2 yards per catch and also served as a two-way player on the defensive side of the ball.

"The coaches said I was coming in as a tight end and that I was a player they could as a big time contributor," added Carson. "In their offense, the tight end does a lot and you have to remember a lot from the different motions and shifts. The tight end may block from a lineman stance or a wide receiver stance, and you have to be effective as a blocker and receiver. And they also said they like to move the tight end around and line him up in the backfield as well."

Carson hails from the state of Wisconsin, and it's been a pretty fertile recruiting area for CMU recently. Former Chippewa Nick Bellore is now playing with the New York Jets, but before that he was a star at Whitefish Bay. Other CMU players hailing from Wisconsin include current OT Jake Olson and DT Matt Losiniecki, as well as other former plays such as QB Brian Brunner and TE J.J. Watt, who started as a true freshman for CMU before departing for Wisconsin.

"That really was another big reason," said Carson. "You look at the former players from Wisconsin who went to CMU, and they all had a lot of success."

Last season, Shorewood Messmer finished 7-2 overall before bowing out to Whitefish Bay in the Wisconsin Division 2 state playoffs. They return a large chunk of their roster, and there is definitely some added incentive as a smaller school.

"I think it's fair to say I have a chip on my shoulder, a big chip," added Carson. "Nobody believes we are a top school in this division, and we're just trying to change that. We have some big expectations this season, my expectation is to win the conference, and if everything clicks for our team I don't think a state title is out of the question."

Carson becomes the second commitment of the Chippewas 2014 class, joining ATH Trent Grimes from Flint (Mich.) Powers.

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