August 25, 2009
CMU after highly ranked runner Dareyon Chance
Hailing from Cardinal Gibbons High in Florida is a shifty back one of the most underrated runners in the nation. Ranked as the No. 23 all-purpose back in the country, three star prospect Dareyon Chance has seen his fair share of criticism on the recruiting trail. Almost all that criticism stems from his 5-foot-5 and 175 pound frame, but Chance hasn't let that discourage him.
"It's definitely a strike on me," said Chance on his size. "Not as many schools are looking at me because of that, but I don't have a chip on my shoulder or anything. I just have to go out there and show coaches what I can do".
Despite missing two and a half games last year, Chance racked up over 930 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground while adding 300 receiving. It's that multi-dimensional element that has coaches very interested.
"Coaches like my quickness and how I can be used as more than a runner. I catch the ball really well" said Chance.
He currently holds offers from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Marshall and Northeastern. Chance is also hearing from most of the Florida schools, including the Florida Gators, although they haven't been showing as much interest as rumored.
"Florida has showed a little interest, the wrote me once and they kind of stay in touch a little, but I'm just as interested in Central Michigan as I am Florida".
Central Michigan has sunshine state recruiter Zach Azzani hot on the trail of Chance, and the CMU assistant coach has made a good impression thus far.
"Coach Azzani, he's a cool guy. He really knows how to talk to you and make you believe in his program" added Chance.
CMU is one school that Chance is taking a long hard look at, and even though he has yet to plan any official visits, the Chippewas sit well.
"The coaches at CMU keep in touch with me, they write me now and then. I like them, I've done some research and saw they are winning conference championships and such".
Also helping the Chippewas cause is there history of taking a "chance" on guys who don't fit the ideal bill physically.
"That is definitely something that impresses me," Chance said. "I know a couple of guys they have added from Florida who aren't that much bigger than me. It just shows they have faith in me".
Currently, Chance does not have any timetable set or a leader.
"No, I don't have either. I think the reason is that I think I should be getting recruited harder and have more offers. But, we'll see what happens".
That quote may come off as Chance waiting for major BCS offers, but it's just the opposite in fact.
"I have no problem playing in the MAC; I'll play at any school that wants me regardless of conference".
Whenever he does decide on a school, two major factors will spark the decision.
"First, education is important. But football is also important; it has to be a good program. So, I'd say education and the football program are the two big things I'm looking for".
Whether or not Chance continues to be under recruited remains to be seen, but regardless Central Michigan appears to be in good standing. Look for more updates on Chance as the he starts his senior season.
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