May 5, 2013

Basirico is a second generation Chippewa

Last month Central Michigan received a commitment from Macomb (Mich.) Dakota defensive back David Basirico, as he chose the Chippewas over an offer from Ohio. Helping Basirico make a commitment to CMU was a close connection to the program. His father, Dave, is a CMU alum and played on the Chippewas football team, earning 2nd Team All-MAC honors in 1989.

"Yeah, my dad played football for CMU so that really helped me," added Basirico. "We would always go up to a couple of games every year, and he just talked about his experience and what a great time he had at CMU. The favorite game I attended was the MAC Championship at Ford Field, I can't remember what year it was but it was back when Dan LeFevour was the quarterback."

Last season he tallied 56 tackles, five pass deflections and one sack for the Cougars as they finished with a 10-2 record. The Chippewas coaching staff is looking at Basicico as either a corner or a safety, and the open relationship he has with them played a major role in his decision.

"I chose CMU because they have great facilities and the coaches were just very nice and welcoming," said Basirico. "Obviously I grew up around CMU a lot, but really the biggest thing was just how open and welcoming the coaches were, I really got the sense they knew what they were doing . But I just love CMU, it's definitely a good fit for me."

Basirico measures in at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, and speed is a big part of his game. Last spring he ran a 4.56 and 4.63 forty yard dash at the Michigan Preps Combine and he also posted a 33-inch vertical jump. A standout on the track team, Basirico has posted personal bests of 11.29 in the 100m, 22.22 in the 200m and 6-4 in the high jump.

"I would say I'm a fast player," added Basirico. "I'm hard hitting and I'm good in coverage. I really feel like I can do it all on the football field. I put a priority on tackling and wrapping up, and I have the speed and instincts to get myself in the right position to make plays."

Being a Central Michigan commit, Basirico had a chance to watch history this past weekend when Eric Fisher was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

"Man, that was crazy," exclaimed Basirico. "Very, very exciting to watch. It was cool watching all the news and sports outlets talking about him up until the draft, I mean he was being talked about everywhere. It's just cool that it actual became a reality and happened."

But before he can put on the Maroon and Gold of CMU, he must first complete his senior season with Macomb Dakota. One of the top programs in the state, Dakota has sent a number of talented players to the D1 ranks including: OL Kyle Cook (MSU), OL Jeff Fantuzzi (CMU), OL Bernard Taylor (Indiana) and LB Kyle DeMaster (EMU). Last season the Cougars notched their first double-digit win total since 2007, and they are primed for another strong season in 2013.

"Of course the main goal every year here is to win a state title, and that's something we are always pushing for," said Basirico. "You have to get to playoffs, and then just win one game at a time, but we want to get a state title like the 2006 and 2007 teams. We just have to play hard and play with a lot of heart, and it starts in the offseason where we are pushing each other in the weight room and during workouts."

Basirico was the third commitment in the Chippewas 2014 recruiting class, which now sits at five total.

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