MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos announced the addition of 18 student-athletes to the Chippewas’ football program on Wednesday.
“This class continues the trend of bringing in student-athletes with great character who excel both athletically and academically,” Enos said. “We filled some definite needs with this class especially at tight end and defensive end. It is also nice to have a smaller class because that shows what a great job our staff has done in recruiting student-athletes who are committed to CMU and are able to make an impact as fourth-and-fifth-year players”
The class includes 12 student-athletes who hail from the state of Michigan. Six of those players appeared on either one or both of the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and Detroit News Blue Chip lists.
Broken down by position, the class is composed of three tight ends, defensive ends, running backs and “athletes”, two defensive backs, offensive linemen and quarterbacks, and one linebacker and defensive tackle.
Sixteen of 18 members of the recruiting class maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0, while 13 helped lead their teams to championships and/or playoff appearances during their high school careers.
|Central Michigan Football 2014 Recruiting Class|
|David Basirico||DB||6-1||185||Macomb, Mich./Dakota HS||Mike Giannone|
|Alex Briones||ATH||6-2||215||Ishpeming, Mich./Ishpeming HS||Jeff Olson|
|Nate Brisson-Fast||DE||6-5||245||Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale HS||Ryan Dunlap|
|Jonathon Carson||TE||6-3||250||Milwaukee, Wis./Messmer Catholic HS||Drake Zortman|
|Amari Coleman||ATH||5-11||180||Flint, Mich./New Lothrop HS||Clint Galvas|
|Jerrod Davis||RB||5-11||190||Detroit, Mich./Portage Central HS||Mick Enders|
|Malik Fountain||LB||6-2||228||Chicago, Ill./Rich Central HS||Terrell Alexander|
|Trent Grimes||RB||6-0||205||Fenton, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic HS||Bob Buckel|
|Brandon Keen||OL||6-6||290||Waterford, Mich./Our Lady of the Lakes HS||Josh Sawicki|
|Joe Komel||OL||6-4||290||Elburn, Ill./Kaneland HS||Tom Fedderly|
|Ryan Lamb||QB||6-4||220||Cardiff, Calif./Oceanside HS/Palomar College||John Carroll/Joe Early|
|Jimmy McCarthy||DT||6-5||285||Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern HS||Scott May|
|Cooper Mojsiejenko||ATH/P||6-4||215||Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman HS||Eric Haskins|
|Alex Neering||DE||6-6||240||Essexville, Mich./Garber HS||Jake Coquillard|
|Zach Oakley||QB||6-1||200||Osceola, Ind./Penn HS||Corey Yeoman|
|Devon Spalding||RB||5-11||200||Westland, Mich./John Glenn HS||Tim Harfin|
|Mitch Stanitzek||TE/DE||6-4||230||Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic HS||Dan Rohn|
|Clay Walderzak||TE||6-4||240||Standish, Mich./Standish-Sterling Central HS||Paul Walderzak|
David Basirico • DB • 6-1, 185 • Macomb, Mich./Macomb Dakota HS
Three-year varsity starter and letterwinner…led the Cougars to a 12-1 record and the Macomb Area Conference Red championship in 2013, to district championships in 2012 and 2013 and to the 2011, 2012 and 2013 state playoffs…ranked No. 49 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…earned multiple Michigan Defensive Player of the Week honors…recognized as Most Improved Defensive Player as a sophomore…recorded 106 tackles, 11 passes defensed, two caused fumbles, one interception, one sack and one fumble recovery...also earned four varsity letters in track & field (sprinter, high jump and sprint relays) and one in wrestling...owns the school record in the high jump (6’4”) and long jump (20’0”)…runs the 100-meters in 11.0 and the 200-meters in 22.2, a school record…All-Macomb County state qualifier in the 200-meters, placing 10th all the state track meet…named the track team MVP.
Alex Briones • ATH • 6-2, 215 • Ishpeming, Mich./Ishpeming HS
Three-year letterwinner and starter at linebacker and quarterback…led Ishpeming to Division 7 state championships in 2012 and 2013, with a combined 27-1 record… ranked No. 17 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 46 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…named Associated Press All-State Player of the Year for 2013…received Division 7 First Team All-State honors from the Detroit Free Press…unanimous First Team Mid-Peninsula Conference selection at quarterback and linebacker…recognized with Mid-Peninsula Conference Player and Back of the Year Awards…named All-U.P. Dream Team quarterback and All-U.P. Large Schools Offensive Player of the Year…completed 62-of-99 passes for 1,479 yards with 21 touchdowns and one interception and ran for 1,272 and 21 touchdowns during high school career…also earned three letters in basketball…maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
Nate Brisson-Fast • DE • 6-5, 245 • Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner and starter at defensive end and tight end…ranked No. 37 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 57 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…totaled 49 tackles (19 solos, 30 assisted), including 10 for a loss, three sacks, eight quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and two pass deflections and had 17 receptions for 221 yards for his career…holds the Ferndale HS power clean record (290 lbs.)…also lettered two years in basketball…maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
Jonathon Carson • TE • 6-3, 250 • Milwaukee, Wis./Messmer Catholic HS
Four-year varsity starter…selected first team all-suburban, all-conference, all-region, all-state at tight end as a senior…the first player in the history of Messmer HS football to be named all-state…also received first team all-conference honors at defensive end…named 2013 Midwest Classic Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year…led the Greyhounds to the 2013 Midwest Classic Conference Championship and three consecutive playoff appearances…named first team all-conference at tight end and defensive end in 2011 and 2012…awarded the 2012 Messmer Shorewood Football Playmaker Trophy…selected all-suburban (tight end), all-region honorable mention (tight end) and all-suburban honorable mention (defensive end) in 2012…received the Messmer Shorewood Football Leadership Award…invited to the Nike Football and Rivals Football Training Camps in June 2013 and to the U.S. Army All-American Football Bowl and Combine in January 2013…recorded 52 receptions for 1,217 yards (23.4 avg.) on offense and 129 total tackles, including 14 for a loss, 6.5 sacks and one fumble return for a touchdown for his career…also earned four varsity letters in basketball, receiving first team all-conference honors in 2011, 2012 and 2014…selected to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all-area honorable mention basketball team (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)…invited to the USA Olympic U16 National Development Basketball Team Trials in 2010…awarded the Messmer Presidential Scholarship 2010-14…selected to the Stein Scholars Pre-College Program (2012-present)…an honor roll student, he maintains a 3.45 GPA.
Amari Coleman • ATH • 5-11, 180 • Flint, Mich./New Lothrop HS
Four-year varsity starter…led NLHS to three consecutive conference championships and two regional titles…ranked No. 35 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and the Detroit News Blue Chip List…voted the 2013 Associated Press Michigan Division 7-8, Flint Journal Dream Team and Argus-Press Player of the Year… earned unanimous Associated Press First Team All-State honors as a junior and senior…three-time First Team All-Genesee Area Blue League selection…received all-conference honorable mention recognition in freshman season…rushed 65 times for 1,006 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 282 yards and five scores in 2013…also totaled 1,786 all-purpose yards and 180 points…returned six punts, all for touchdowns in senior season…broke the New Lothrop single season interception record with nine as a sophomore, finishing his career with 13…also lettered one year in basketball and track & field…placed third in the state in 100-meters as a sophomore and second in the 100-meters and long jump in junior season…maintains a 3.05 grade point average.
Jerrod Davis • RB • 5-11, 190 • Detroit, Mich./Portage Central HS
In lone season at Portage Central, led the Mustangs to a 12-1 record and to conference, district and Southwest Michigan Big 16 regional championships…selected First Team All-Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference and to the Kalamazoo Gazette Dream Team…named the WWMT Player of the Week for Week 11 after rushing for 228 yards and three touchdowns in playoff win…set school record for rushing yards (1,700), touchdowns (31) and points (190).
Malik Fountain • LB • 6-2, 228 • Chicago, Ill./Rich Central HS
Three-year varsity starter at linebacker…led Rich Central to a 9-2 (4-1) record in 2013…two-time all-conference selection…also received first team all-area and second team all-state honors…totaled 143 tackles, including 32 for a loss, five sacks and three interceptions for his career…also lettered in baseball for the RCHS Olympians…maintains a 3.03 grade point average.
Trent Grimes • RB • 6-0, 205 • Fenton, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic HS
Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter at running back...played in six playoff games in career, starting five…won a district championship (2011) and two league championships (2011-12)…ranked No. 41 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…named Associated Press and Detroit News All-State Honorable Mention running back in 2013…unanimously voted First Team All-Saginaw Valley League as a senior…2013 team captain…nominated for Michigan High School Player of the Year by the Flint Journal…recognized on Michigan Sports Scene Best of the Best List for the Class of 2014...honored as Max Prep Offensive Player of the Week for Week 11…named All-Flint Metro running back in 2012 and Tri-County Times Athlete of the Week twice as a sophomore and junior…member of Michigan Elite 7x7 Travel Teams in 2012-13…selected to the top performer group at the 2013 Nike Combine…in five games as a senior, rushed for 561 yards on 77 carries (7.3 avg.) and five touchdowns…in 2012, ran for 875 yards on 117 attempts (7.5 avg.) and caught 22 passes for 319 yards (14.5 avg.)…team scoring leader with 13 touchdowns…played slot receiver as a sophomore, totaling 29 receptions for 272 yards and nine touchdowns in addition to rushing for 136 yards…set a school record by scoring four touchdowns on six touches…part of the Volunteer Work Captains Club, a group of athletes who organize and conduct sport activities with disabled children at a local elementary school…member of the Football Leadership Committee Member…helped to start Fenton Wounded Warrior Project, a Wounded Warrior Football Game and jersey exchange, which has raised over $50,000 for injured veterans…named to the all-state academic football first team…maintains a 3.07 grade point average.
Brandon Keen • OL • 6-6, 290 • Waterford, Mich./Our Lady of the Lakes HS
Two-year letterwinner and starter…ranked No. 39 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 56 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…honored on MLive.com 2013 Metro Detroit Dream Team Second Team…selected to Detroit News All-Metro North Second Team…earned Associated Press All-State Special Mention…also named all-county and all-league...also earned a letter in track & field…maintains a 3.5 grade point average.
Joe Komel • OL • 6-4, 290 • Elburn, Ill./Kaneland HS
Two-year letterwinner and starter…helped Kaneland HS secure 34 consecutive regular season victories…honored on All-Northern Illinois Big XI team…received IHSFCA All-State Team Honorable Mention recognition…also lettered one year in baseball…maintains a 3.125 grade point average.
Ryan Lamb • QB • 6-4, 220 • Cardiff, Calif./Oceanside HS/ Palomar College
Has three years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif.…threw for 1,443 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games in 2013, earning Most Improved Player honors…three-year letterwinner at wide receiver/defensive back at Oceanside HS…led the Pirates to three CIF championships…recorded 60 tackles and 22 receptions as a senior at Oceanside HS…maintains a 3.2 grade point average.
Jimmy McCarthy • DT • 6-5, 285 • Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern HS
Three-year letterwinner and three-year starter…named to Indiana Coaches Association and Associated Press 6A All-State First Team…honored on Indianapolis Star Super Team…selected First Team All-Hamilton County and All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference….inducted into Hamilton Southeastern HS Hall of Fame…recognized as 2A All-State Honorable Mention as a sophomore at Heritage Christian High School…earned team Iron Man Award, as voted on by peers for effort as a sophomore…started 32 consecutive games from sophomore through senior seasons, totaling 175 tackles (105 solos) and 10.5 sacks…also won two letters in track & field, competing in the shot put and discuss…maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
Cooper Mojsiejenko • ATH/P • 6-4, 215 • Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman HS
Three-year letterwinner and starter on offense, defense and kicker/punter…led Bridgman HS to back-to-back playoff appearances (2012-13) for the first time in 30 years…2013 all-conference K/P/WR/LB and Associated Press Michigan All-State wide receiver selection…named all-conference K/P/WR and Detroit Free Press All-State K/P in 2012…selected all-conference as a K/P/WR and received all-state honorable mention recognition as a punter in 2011…in senior season, caught 52 passes for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns, recorded 11 sacks, posted a 48.1 yards per punt average, made 31-of-32 extra points and had 65 percent of his kickoffs end in a touchback...as a junior, had 47 receptions for 991 yards and 12 touchdowns, totaled nine sacks, connected on 7-of-10 field goals, including a long of 50 yards, and averaged 42.2 yards per punt…also received four letters in basketball, two in baseball and one in track & field…served as starting DH for state runner-up baseball team in 2011…maintains a 3.77 grade point average.
Alex Neering • DE • 6-6, 240 • Essexville, Mich./Garber HS
Three-year starter…led Garber HS to two playoff appearances…ranked No. 60 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…three-time All-Tri Valley Conference East Division honoree…selected to 2013 Associated Press Division 3-4 all-state team… earned Associated Press All-State Special Mention in 2012…named 2012 Bay City Times Defensive Player of the Year and Golden Helmet winner…in 2013, as a senior, totaled 69 tackles, including 17 for a loss, 10 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick…recorded 86 tackles, including 12 for a loss, five sacks, three fumble recoveries, returning one 69 yards for a touchdown in 2012…also earned three letters in track & field…earned all-state honors in the shot put…named to the Bay City Times Track Dream Team…maintains a 3.02 grade point average.
Zach Oakley • QB • 6-1, 200 • Osceola, Ind./Penn HS
Four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at quarterback…led the Penn HS Kingsmen to a state runner-up finish, two regional championships, two sectional titles and three conference crowns…named First Team All-State Class 6A in 2013…two-time First Team All-Northern Indiana Conference selection… 2013 Most Valuable Player of the Northern Indiana Conference…set the single season scoring record with 35 touchdowns as a senior…rushed and passed for 1,500 yards in 2013…owns the career scoring record with 80 touchdowns (rushing, passing, receiving, returning)…also received two letters in track & field and one in baseball…state qualifier in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays…maintains a 3.54 grade point average.
Devon Spalding • RB • 5-11, 200 • Westland, Mich./John Glenn HS
Two-year starter at running back…ranked No. 20 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…named to Detroit News All-State Dream Team…selected to 2013 Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State football team…also earned all-region, all-district, all-league, all-division and all-conference honors…rushed for 1,761 yards on 190 carries (9.2 avg.) and a school-record 27 touchdowns in 2013…broke the school record for rushing yards in a single game (491), which ranks third all-time in the state of Michigan, in addition to points scored in a season (164) and tied the mark for touchdowns in a single game (6)...two-year varsity starter on JGHS baseball team…maintains a 3.36 grade point average.
Mitch Stanitzek • TE/DE • 6-4, 230 • Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic HS
Three-year varsity starter…led the GRWCHS Falcons to three conference, district and regional championships, two state championship appearances and one state title…2013 team captain…2013 team MVP…named to 2013 MLive/Grand Rapids Press Dream Team Defense…earned Division 5-6 Michigan Associated Press All-State Special Mention…also received all-area and all-conference recognition…in 2013, caught 20 passes for 300+ yards and seven touchdowns on offense and recorded 117 tackles, including 27 for a loss, 17 sacks and two fumble recoveries on defense…owns school records for tackles for loss in a game (5), tackles for loss in a season (27) and tackles for loss in a career (45)…compiled over 100 hours of community service...also earned letters in basketball and baseball…honor roll student…maintains a 3.45 grade point average.
Clay Walderzak • TE • 6-4, 240 • Standish, Mich./Standish-Sterling Central HS
Three-year starter…helped Standish-Sterling to the MHSAA playoffs in 2011, the district finals in 2012 and to a district championship in 2013…ranked No. 39 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…honored on 2013 Associated Press and Detroit Free Press All-State First Team…named 2013 MLive Bay City Times Football Player of the Year…selected team MVP in 2013…owns the single season school records for blocked passes (11) and punt average (44.8)…career numbers include 62 receptions, 14 receiving touchdowns, 55 tackles, five sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown and two fumble recoveries returned for a touchdown…also a four-year letterwinner in track & field and a three-year letterwinner in basketball…earned MVP honors in track and basketball…owns the school shot put record (57’3”)…2013 state shotput champion…2013 all-state track honoree (shot put, discus)…named 2012 all-state in track (discus) and powerlifting…2007 USATF shot put national champion…received MHSFCA academic all-state honorable mention recognition…member of the National Honor Society (2012-14)…maintains a 3.56 grade point average.