December 14, 2009

Chippewas looking to add a few DB's to 2010 class

It's no secret that one position the Central Michigan football team is looking to shore up in the 2010 recruiting class is defensive back. With Detroit Cooley DB Steven Bell already signed on, expect the Chippewas to add at least two more defensive backs in this years class.

After visiting on the weekend of December 4th, the Chippewas appear t o be in good position with South Plantation (FL) prospect Khari Burke. Ranked as the No. 67 corner by, Burke had a great visit to CMU and recently welcomed a member of the Chippewas coaching staff into his home for an in-home visit. The front runners for Burke appear to be Bowling Green and CMU, and Burke is unsure if he will even visit the Falcons.

"Honestly, if I don't hear from some schools in a week or two, I'll probably commit to Central Michigan" Burke told ChippewaCountry earlier this week.

CMU has also offered Plantation (FL) corners Tim Burke and Deven Drane. The 5-foot-11 and 175 pound Burke holds offers from Bowling Green, Southern Miss, Florida International and Florida A&M in addition to CMU. He visited Southern Miss last weekend and is looking to visit CMU and Bowling Green before deciding. Drane visited CMU this past weekend and was a standout wide receiver, corner and return man for Plantation during his prep career.

Palm Beach Lakes (FL) defensive back Johnnie Simon is another sunshine state product who could end up a Chippewa. He visited Western Michigan on December 4th and plans on finishing up his official visits with Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Syracuse in the month of January.

Elsewhere in the defensive back recruiting department, cornerback prospect Ryland Ward of Columbus Brookehaven (OH) is still high on the Chippewas radar. Ward plans on visiting CMU either the first or second week of January and has Central Michigan in his top three.

"They are on the top," Ward said in regards to CMU's standing with him. "I don't really have a list or anything, but it would be a three way tie with three schools being even."

Central Michigan is also expected to receive visits from Middletown (OH) corner Jerry Gates and Melvindale (MI) corner Wayne Pettus. Gates and Pettus have both established CMU as strong players in their recruitment and Gates has confirmed numerous times that the Chippewas are the team to beat for him.

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