When Dan LeFevour graduated from Central Michigan University, he had cemented himself as the most successful and prolific passer in the history of the school, and if not for being in such a small program, Dan would have received much more media coverage. LeFevour set many CMU and NCAA records, but he cannot stay there forever and the next Quarterbacks are faced with the daunting prospect of replacing the best QB ever to play for the team.
In June of 2010 Central Michigan got great news that the state of Michigan’s top quarterback prospect Alex Niznak pledged a verbal commit to the Chippewa’s. The 6’3 225 pound dual threat Quarterback from Ithaca, 25 miles from Mt Pleasant was able to answer a few questions and talk about his future at Central Michigan.
The 2011 recruiting cycle is far from over, players are taking visits to see schools play each weekend, some have committed and some are not sure yet. 2011 Quarterback Alex Niznak has committed to Central Michigan and is solid commitment; He said “I was looking for a good fit and found that at Central Michigan University." Alex is one of Michigan’s top prospects and has had schools such as: Western Michigan, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Kentucky show legit interest in him, but since he committed to the Chippewa’s he said “its slowed down and still get stuff in the mail from schools."
Central Michigan has gone through several coaching changes the last few seasons including Brian Kelly and Butch Jones. When Jones became Cincinnati’s head coach, Central Michigan selected the Michigan State running backs coach Dan Enos to be their next head coach. Niznak had this to say about Enos: “What Dan did opened people's eyes about the kind of tradition and work ethic CMU has and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”
Enos first season comes after the loss of LeFevour and his two top Wide Receivers, so his work will be tough right away. He elected to start sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff who performed well in his first start versus Hampton. When Niznak arrives this January to Central, as he plans to enroll early, He will be able to get a few months extra of learning the playbook, adapting to the speed of college football, and spring practices. The plan is to redshirt Niznak for the 2011 season and be the backup for Radcliff when Radcliff is a senior. Niznak intends to stay all 4 years after the redshirt is expired and complete his master’s degree.
When Alex Niznak is not working with his Ithaca teammates he is up at the campus: watching practices and going the games trying to get other players to join him and continue the programs winning ways. Asked about recruiting players he mentioned Thomas Rawls from Northern High School in Flint, Michigan. Rawls is an all purpose back and top 20 prospects in Michigan. Also he said “I am staying connected with the current commits”. The future of Central looks to be staying on track and competing for MAC titles. The class of 2011 will be one of Central’s top classes. Niznak and his Ithaca teammates are out to win a state title. Ithaca has outscored their first two opponents 134 – 12. This is what he had to say, so far about the team: “Things are looking pretty good so far. Really all I can say is we will keep working hard every day to get a little better and each week that game will be the hardest game we have that week and that's how I want to look at it.”