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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Prospects react to Central Michigan Junior Day Visits


Saginaw 2018 OLB/DE NeVen Simington


The previous 2 weekends, the staff at Central Michigan has been busy recruiting top 2018 and younger prospects who were on campus for their junior days.  The Chippewas first junior day was the last Sunday before signing day when 2017 prospects were still being recruited and their second junior day was the first Saturday after signing day.  The lone Michigan player to receive an offer was Oak Park 2020 Justin Rogers, who had already been offered by Kentucky.  Saline 2018 LS Zach Drevno also earned a preferred walk-on this past Saturday as well.  Players ranging from; Illinois (x3), Ohio (x2), Indiana (x3), Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Central Michigan had 13 players signed on scholarships in the Class of 2017 and a handful more of walk-ons which was the highest amount of in-state players among FBS schools.  We caught up with several who very well could be offered by Central Michigan and/or other FBS schools in the near future.


Saline 2018 OT Dimitri Douglas was the most coveted prospect on campus as. Central Michigan was his first offer and since then 4 other MAC schools have offered as well.  Douglas is 6'5" / 270 lbs and is coached by one of the best high school staffs in the state.

Douglas - "The junior day was one of the better ones I've been to, everything was smooth and efficient.  Coach Bonamego talked for a long period of time and gave great insight into not only himself but the recruiting process in general. It was not a huge group either so you spent a lot of time talking with your position coaches and other staff."


Saginaw 2018 OLB/DE NeVen Simington earned an offer from Central Michigan earlier in January on the 13th.  Simington as you'll see below is very familiar with the program.  We've seen Simington several times at camps since the year New Year and most recently as a LB in 7 on 7 to improve his cover skills.

Simington - "I enjoyed how the coaches talked to you individually and as a group to get to know everyone better. The campus tour was great and I like the fact that they have a dorm for football players located across the street from the football facilities. The strength and conditioning coach explained to the recruits how they develop a workout plan specifically for each player to fit their strengths and weaknesses, because they want you to be the best player you can possibly be. They also have a nutrition coach who helps monitor your calorie intake and help to make sure you're putting the right foods in your body. I love the fact that players have a academic adviser specifically for the football program, from picking your class schedule, changing classes, or getting a tutor, your team academic adviser would be the person to see. My grandparents live in Mt. Pleasant, my mother attended CMU, and my father played for CMU. I attended all the football and basketball games growing up but it's so much more I can learn about CMU.  It's a beautiful campus."


Paw Paw 2019 OL Karsen Barnhart was offered by Central Michigan coincidentally at their Satellite Camp in Paw Paw over the summer and by our records, this was the first visit Barnhart had to Central Michigan.

Barnhart - "I really enjoyed the visit, very nice facilities on campus. When I walked into the building I felt right at home and was comforted by 4 or 5 coaches right away. I could tell that it's a family as soon as I walked in the building."


Saline 2018 LS/OC Zach Drevno is far ahead of the curb on other Long Snappers as he held an offer from previous South Florida staff and received good news over the weekend when CMU offered him a preferred walk-on.

Drevno - "I enjoyed my time at CMU. You can tell that the staff is passionate about all players in the program, and really make it a family oriented atmosphere."


Eisenhower 2018 QB Max Wittwer came into the weekend with an Eastern Michigan from the previous weekend, but didn't receive one from Central Michigan yet.  Wittwer is a good passer and can run well to increase his recruiting value.

Wittwer - "Overall, Junior Day at Central Michigan was a very fun and informative experience. I especially enjoyed touring the IAC, weight room, and locker room. The coaches make you feel at home and comfortable. Hopefully, I will be able to get back out to Mt. Pleasant in the near future."


Davison 2018 RB Tariq Reid exceeded 2,000 yards as a Junior and is currently looking for more than just two DII GLIAC offers.

Reid - "I enjoyed the culture more than anything.  I also enjoyed the coaching staff and their tradition. I hope to learn more about the football offense and schemes. It was a great environment to be around. #FireUpChips"


Eisenhower 2018 DE/OLB/TE Henry Janeway blew up opposing offenses in 2016, so it's only fitting that it's a matter of time before his efforts translate to more recruiting attention.  Janeway was at 190 lbs when the season ended and is approaching 200 lbs.

Janeway - "On my Junior Day visit, I arrived first. So, I got the benefit to meet a majority of the coaches before other players did. The visit included getting my height, weight, and arm reach measured. I also got a tour of the campus and saw all the academics CMU has to offer. We also got a tour of the locker room and even got a chance to try on jerseys and see what other gear the players get. The best part for me was listening to what the strength coach had to say about their program and how athletes need to be careful taking supplements. Overall, the Junior Day was great and I'd like to thank the staff for the invite. #FireUpChips!"


Bloomfield Hills 2018 QB John Paddock is one of the best passers anywhere, but looking to find the school that believes in him.  Paddock led Bloomfield Hills to a 9-0 regular season in 2016 after they were 6-21 since opening in 2013.

Paddock - "The biggest thing that separated it for me was the people and the staff. That is what blew me away more than anything. It was such a great group of men, let alone coaches. They walk their talk. You can see it through how they base their program. Their first and foremost goal is to better their students-athletes. I love that. One of the most down to earth staffs I have met. I am really looking forward to speaking with them in the upcoming months."


Bloomfield Hills 2018 DE/TE Jack Sape had a big junior season with 14 sacks and 4 forced fumbles and passes the eye test at 6'4" 240 lbs plus was a Captain on Freshman and JV which should be a pretty safe assumption he'll be again as a Senior with his classmates.

Sape - "I really enjoyed myself at Central Michigan's junior day. It was a great experience and very informative on what they look for in their prospects academically and in athletics. I learned a lot about my positions coach and really got to know the other coaches as well. I was very pleased with the visit because I was able to talk with head coach, Coach Bonamego one on one the day before the actual junior day event which was very cool to me. Overall, the campus has great atmosphere and the facilities are very nice. I would love to get to know the coaches better over the off-season and want them to come and see me play baseball in the spring like most coaches do for their recruits."


Chippewa Valley 2019 LB Marcel Lewis is on the verge of breaking out and is relatively unknown, but that will be changing by the time summer is over.

Lewis - "It was an overall great visit, I enjoyed how We actually got to see the head coach give us a presentation on what it takes to play for CMU and just getting to know most of the coaching staff and creating a relationship with Head Coach Bonamego, Coach Moore and the recruiting coordinator Jesse Johnson. I hope to learn more about the coaching staff and personally getting to know my position coach."


Essexville Garber 2018 WR/RB Ben VanSumeren broke out with a big Sophomore year and at 6'4" / 215 lbs is great size.  A few years ago Alex Neering's only offer out of Garber was CMU and he signed there.  Will be interesting to see if the path VanSumeren takes.

VanSumeren - "I really enjoyed the energy around the coaches and staff. They were very excited for their future as a football program. They are focused on player development and winning championships. It was a great day in Mt Pleasant!"


Saint Mary's 2018 QB Caden Prieskorn will go down and history and be in the nightmares of Muskegon players/fans for a long time as Prieskorn was unstoppable in the D3 final and threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 4 seconds remaining.  Prieskorn is in search of his first offer.

Prieskorn - "I learned a lot about what it takes to be a college football player. I got to see all the facilities and learn about CMU football. Also got to meet the coaching staff and start a great relationship with them, so it was an overall great experience."


Seaholm 2019 DL/OL TrĂ© Hairston is an athletic and young athlete who started off as a LB, but moved to Lineman this past year, so his future position will depend on his growth over the off-seasons and his junior year.

Hairston - "I enjoyed meeting and listening to what was said during the presentations that we were given. Coach Bono was great to listen to, and he was really down to earth, and very honest with what he was telling the group. Coach Novak presentation told the group about what was expect of a CMU player in the CMU weight room. I felt bless being invited to Junior Day, and the bonus for me was seeing my brother who is a Chip. Every time I am on campus I enjoy it more and more always feeling as if I am at home. FIRE UP CHIPS!!!!!!!"

Other prospects who were on campus we've confirmed, but didn't reply in time for initial post / couldn't be reached include; 2018 commit -  Delton Kellogg 2018 DE Tyden FerrisRockford 2018 OT/OC Cody Carone

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