CMU Announces 2010 Football Recruiting Class
Courtesy: Scott Rex/CMU Athletics
CMU signed 19 student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent and added one preferred walk-on.
“We feel that this is an outstanding class made up of good-character guys with a lot of ability, and we think this has all the makings of being a championship-caliber class,” Enos said.
Fourteen members of the recruiting class are from the state of Michigan, while Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Pennsylvania also are represented in the class. Of the 14 in-state student-athletes, nine were part of either the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 or Detroit News Blue Chip lists; five players were ranked in the top 30 in at least one of those lists.
The Chippewas added 10 players on offense, eight on defense, one specialist and one lineman who could play offense or defense.
|Central Michigan Football 2010 Recruiting Class|
|Ben Brown||RB||6-0||230||Romeo, Mich./Romeo HS||Jason Couch|
|Deon Butler||WR||6-3||210||Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS||Greg Carter|
|Avery Cunningham||DB||6-0||195||Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods HS||Troy Everhart|
|Nores Fradi||LB||6-0||210||Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn HS||Dave Mifsud|
|Kevin Henry||DL||6-5||265||Morris, Ill./Morris HS||George Dergo|
|Anthony Hollis||DB||5-10||185||Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids CC||Tony Annese|
|Kent King||OL||6-5||260||Gladstone, Mich./Gladstone HS||Josh Mileski|
|Kevin King||RB||5-11||205||Dearborn, Mich./Edsel Ford HS||Mark Tyler|
|Mike Kinville||LB||6-3||215||Northville, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central HS||Tom Mach|
|Tyler Lombardo||FB||6-1||230||Harrison Township, Mich./L'Anse Creuse HS||Don Roda|
|Kenny McClendon||DE||6-2||235||St. Louis, Mo./De Smet Jesuit HS||Pat Mahoney|
|Billy Myler*||WR||5-11||180||Mount Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy||Rick Roberts|
|Paul Mudgett||K||5-10||165||Belmont, Mich./Rockford HS||Ralph Munger|
|Andy Phillips||DL||6-3||270||Lansing, Mich./Waverly HS||Chris Huff|
|Joe Sawicki||TE||6-5||230||Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic HS||Mark Coglianese|
|Kyle Smith||QB||6-3||210||Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic HS||Bruce Harbach|
|Caleb Southworth||TE||6-5||220||Piketon, Ohio/Piketon HS||Tyler Gullion|
|Jonathon Taylor||WR||6-2||200||Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS||Greg Carter|
|Leterrius Walton||OL/DL||6-6||285||Clinton Township, Mich./Clintondale HS||Dave Schindler|
|Joe Wirth||DE||6-4||227||Shelby Township, Mich./Utica Eisenhower HS||Bob Lantzy|
|* indicates preferred walk-on|
|Ben Brown • RB • 6-0 • 230 • Romeo, Mich./Romeo HS • Head Coach Jason Couch
At Romeo: Ranked No. 27 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … ranked No. 36 in the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state first-team selection … named to Detroit News Dream Team … earned All-East honors from the Free Press and All-Metro East accolades from the Detroit News … ran for 1,405 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior … also completed 33-of-56 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns while taking the ball on direct snaps … ran for 1,597 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2008 … scored 40 career rushing touchdowns … helped lead team to first-round playoff victories in 2008 and 2009 … also competed in track and field … placed fourth in the state in the discus in 2009 … honor roll student.
Personal: Parents are David and Jennifer Brown … born Oct. 23, 1991.
|Deon Butler • WR • 6-3 • 210 • Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS • Head Coach Greg Carter
At Inkster: No. 41 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … No. 54 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … named to the All-West second team by the Free Press … also an All-Metro West first-team selection by the Detroit News … helped lead team to a Division 2 state runner-up finish in 2009 … caught seven passes for 114 yards in the 2009 state championship game … finished senior season with 67 receptions and 12 touchdowns … returned to the football program as a senior after concentrating on basketball as a sophomore and junior … helped lead Inkster’s basketball team to the 2009 Class B state semifinals … averaged 20 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as a junior … all-state second team selection … currently averaging 12 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.
Personal: Parents are David Mathews and Jocelyn Butler … born Sept. 8, 1992 … high school teammate of current Chippewa Armond Staten and fellow signee Jonathon Taylor.
|Avery Cunningham • DB • 6-0 • 195 • Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods HS • Head Coach Troy Everhart
At Winton Woods: Associated Press Division II All-Ohio first team honoree … 2009 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and all-conference first-team honoree … All-Southwest Ohio and all-city first-team selection … intercepted four passes as a senior … helped lead Winton Woods to the Ohio Division II state championship in 2009, the school’s first state title … selected to play in the Ohio North-South all-star game … ran on Winton Woods’ 4x400m relay team that qualified for the 2009 track and field state championships … honor roll student.
Personal: Parents are Rodney Cunningham and Audrey Tinsley … born Jan. 2, 1991.
|Nores Fradi • LB • 6-0 • 210 • Dearborn Heights, Mich./Dearborn HS • Head Coach Dave Mifsud
At Dearborn: Three-year starter … ranked No. 16 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … No. 25 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state first-team selection … named to Detroit Free Press Dream Team and Detroit News Dream Team … also earned All-West honors from the Free Press and All-Metro West first-team accolades from the Detroit News … selected to play in the Michigan East-West all-star game … set a school record with 313 career tackles, including 101 as a senior … set the school’s single-season tackles record with 145 as a junior … also rushed for 600 yards and six scores as a senior … earned one varsity letter in both basketball and track.
Personal: Son of Ahmad and Fatma Fradi … born April 9, 1991.
|Kevin Henry • DL • 6-5 • 265 • Morris, Ill./Morris HS • Head Coach George Dergo
At Morris: Three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and baseball … Illinois High School Football Coaches’ Association Class 4A all-state honoree … Chicago Sun-Times all-area special mention selection … accounted for 53 tackles and named Morris Daily Herald All-Area Most Valuable Player in 2009 … credited with 51 tackles as a junior … also caught six passes, including a pair of touchdowns, in 2008 … Morris advanced to the state playoffs each of the past three seasons, including a Class 5A state runner-up finish in 2007 … honor roll student … maintains a 4.5 GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Personal: Son of James and Wendy Henry … born Sept. 11, 1991.
|Anthony Hollis • DB • 5-10 • 185 • Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids CC • Head Coach Tony Annese
At Grand Rapids: All-Midwest Football Conference first team selection in 2009 … credited with 42 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions in 11 games … helped lead GRCC to a 10-1 record … earned all-conference and all-region accolades … recipient of the Mr. Raider Award, presented to the exemplary football player at GRCC … will earn associate’s degree in criminal justice … maintains a 3.4 GPA … played at Iowa Central Community College in 2008. At Detroit Northwestern: Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state honorable mention selection as a senior in 2007 … intercepted nine passes as a senior … selected to play in 2008 Michigan East-West all-star game.
Personal: Parents are Lola and Gregory Taylor … born Jan. 2, 1989.
|Kent King • OL • 6-5 • 260 • Gladstone, Mich./Gladstone HS • Head Coach Josh Mileski
At Gladstone: Three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and competes on the track and field team … No. 31 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … named to Detroit News Dream Team … Associated Press Division 5-6 all-state first-team selection … 2009 Great Northern Conference Lineman of the Year … all-conference first-team selection as an offensive lineman … All-Upper Peninsula Dream Team selection … three-time shot put champion at the Upper Peninsula track and field championships … set a meet record with a throw of 52-0 1/2 in 2009 … also finished runner-up in the discus with a throw of 148-11 in 2009 … helped lead Gladstone to three straight Upper Peninsula track and field team championships … National Honor Society member … maintains a 3.845 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Personal: Parents are Dale and Ann King … born Sept. 16, 1991.
|Kevin King • RB • 5-11 • 205 • Dearborn, Mich./Edsel Ford HS • Head Coach Mark Tyler
At Edsel Ford: Three-year starter … Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state first-team selection in 2009 … selected to play in Michigan East-West all-star game … named to Detroit Free Press Dream Team and Detroit News Dream Team … named captain of the Free Press All-West defense … selected to Detroit News All-Metro West squad … two-time team MVP … rushed for 1,379 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2009 … defensively, intercepted four passes, returning two for touchdowns, and was credited with a team-high 87 tackles in 2009 … finished career with 2,962 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns … helped lead Edsel Ford to state playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009 … also lettered twice in baseball … maintains a 3.0 GPA.
Personal: Son of Carrie and Grant King … born March 16, 1992 … hails from the same high school as former CMU standouts Pat Brackett and Kurt Dobronski.
|Mike Kinville • LB • 6-3 • 215 • Northville, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central HS • Head Coach Tom Mach
At Detroit Catholic Central: No. 18 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … No. 41 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state special mention selection …earned All-North honors from the Free Press … All-Metro North first-team selection by the Detroit News … selected to play in the Michigan East-West all-star game … helped lead team to a 14-0 record and 2009 Division 1 state championship … team was ranked No. 14 nationally in the final USA Today Super 25 rankings … Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state first-team selection … team captain … made three tackles and intercepted a pass in the state championship game … finished senior season with 105 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery … placed seventh in the state in wrestling at 189 pounds in 2009 … 35-2 overall this season competing at 215 pounds … team currently is ranked second in state.
Personal: Son of Paul and Karen Kinville … born April 28, 1992.
|Tyler Lombardo • FB • 6-1 • 230 • Harrison Township, Mich./L’Anse Creuse HS • Head Coach Don Roda
At L’Anse Creuse: No. 28 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … No. 34 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … earned All-East honors from the Free Press and All-Metro East first-team accolades from the Detroit News as a linebacker … rushed for 884 yards and scored 17 touchdowns as a senior … served as the lead blocker for a team that rushed for 3,000 yards ... credited with 73 tackles and returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown as a senior … also earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and one in wrestling.
Personal: Parents are Mike and Lois Lombardo … born Dec. 12, 1991.
|Kenny McClendon • DE • 6-2 • 235 • St. Louis, Mo./De Smet Jesuit HS • Head Coach Pat Mahoney
At De Smet Jesuit: Three-year starter … All-Metro Catholic Conference first team selection as a tight end and defensive end in both 2008 and 2009 … all-conference second team selection as a defensive end in 2007 … helped lead team to 12-1 record and Class 6A state semifinal appearance in 2009 … De Smet won three consecutive conference titles during his career … caught seven passes for 82 yards last season … credited with 57 total tackles, including eight sacks, in 2009 … also recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass … set a school record with 12 sacks as a sophomore … earned varsity letters in basketball as both a freshman and sophomore … maintains a 3.65 GPA … four-year all-academic honoree.
Personal: Son of Theresa and Kenneth McClendon … born May 22, 1992.
|Billy Myler • WR • 5-11 • 180 • Mount Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart Academy • Head Coach Rick Roberts
Will join the team as a preferred walk-on. At Sacred Heart: Three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and baseball … Associated Press Division 7-8 all-state first team in 2007 and 2008 … named to Morning Sun Dream Team in 2007 and 2008 … Morning Sun all-area first team in 2009 … caught 25 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns, ran for 623 yards and nine touchdowns and completed 19-of-37 passes for 311 yards and five touchdowns in 2009 … defensively, made 51 tackles and intercepted four passes … in 2008, caught 35 passes for 638 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 403 yards and eight scores … also made 36 tackles and intercepted six passes as a junior … as a sophomore, caught 54 passes for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed for 218 yards and three touchdowns and made 67 tackles … helped lead team into the state playoffs in both 2008 and 2009 … all-league first-team honoree in basketball … honor roll student.
Personal: Parents are Bill and Pam Myler … born July 18, 1991.
|Paul Mudgett • K • 5-10 • 165 • Belmont, Mich./Rockford HS • Head Coach Ralph Munger
At Rockford: Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state honorable mention selection … O-K Red all-conference selection as a kicker … two-time member of the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team … selected to play in the Michigan East-West all-star game … recorded 42 touchbacks on 58 kickoffs in 2009 … converted 9-of-16 field goals as a senior, including a school-record 51-yarder … connected on 34-of-36 extra-point trys as a senior … helped lead team to a 2008 Division 1 state championship.
Personal: Parents are Mike Mudgett and Darcy Marks … born Jan. 25, 1992 … hails from the same high school that produced former CMU standouts Bryan Anderson, Joe Staley and Adam Kieft.
|Andy Phillips • DL • 6-3 • 270 • Lansing, Mich./Waverly HS • Head Coach Chris Huff
At Waverly: Four-year starter … No. 39 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … No. 45 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … Associated Press Division 3-4 all-state honorable mention selection in 2009 … Associated Press Division 5-6 all-state honorable mention selection in 2008 … selected to play in the Michigan East-West all-star game … four-time all-conference selection … finished career with 510 total tackles … credited with 128 tackles, including seven sacks, as a senior … collected 150 tackles and three sacks as a junior … tallied 130 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore … finished with 102 tackles and three sacks as a freshman … honorable mention academic all-state … maintains a 3.4 GPA.
Personal: Son of Keith and Kathy Phillips … born July 31, 1991.
|Joe Sawicki • TE • 6-5 • 230 • Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic HS • Head Coach Mark Coglianese
At Providence Catholic: Three-year varsity letterman … caught 33 passes for 531 yards and a touchdown in 2009 … finished career with 55 receptions for 748 yards and five touchdowns … named to Suburban Chicago News fourth-team offense … helped lead team to a Class 6A state runner-up finish in 2009 and berth in the state semifinals in 2008 … team won the Chicago Catholic League championship in 2009 … honor roll student.
Personal: Son of Mark and Linda Sawicki … father, Mark, played football at Wisconsin and brother, Eric, plays football at Connecticut … born March 18, 1992.
Kyle Smith • QB • 6-3 • 210 • Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic HS • Head Coach Bruce Harbach
At Lancaster Catholic: Pennsylvania’s all-time leader in career passing yards (8,544), career touchdown passes (118) and single-season touchdown passes (50) … three-year starter … 37-5 record as a starting quarterback … led the Crusaders to a 15-1 record and Class AA state championship in 2009 … No. 17 jersey was retired following senior season, becoming just the third athlete in school history to have number retired … completed 168-of-269 passes for 2,757 yards and 50 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 2009 … also ran for 353 yards and six scores … named an EA Sports third-team All-American … named Pennsylvania’s Mr. Football by Pennsylvania Football News … also named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year and Pennsylvania Sportswriters Player of the Year … 2009 Lancaster Newspapers Male Athlete of the Year … two-time all-state first-team selection … all-state second team as a sophomore … threw at least three touchdown passes in 12 games in 2009, including three games with five touchdown passes … as a junior in 2008, completed 181-of-278 passes for 3,192 yards and 42 touchdowns and five interceptions to lead team to a 13-2 record and berth in the state semifinals … completed 161-of-238 passes for 2,615 yards and 26 touchdowns with six interceptions as a sophomore … also competes on the track and field team … 2009 Class AA state champion in the javelin … recorded the fourth-longest javelin throw in the country as a junior (216-0) … boasts a 4.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale … National Honor Society member … Pennsylvania Football News academic all-state honoree … scored 1330 on the SAT.
Personal: Son of Mark and Laurie Smith … born April 30, 1992.
|Caleb Southworth • TE • 6-5 • 220 • Piketon, Ohio/Piketon HS • Head Coach Tyler Gullion
At Piketon: Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio special mention selection … All-Southeast Ohio first-team honoree … caught 39 passes for 546 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … caught 48 passes for 753 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior … made 26 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore … three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and runs track … state qualifier in the 110m and 300m hurdles … all-district honorable mention selection in basketball as a junior … honor roll student … maintains a 3.7 GPA.
Personal: Parents are John and Angie Southworth … born Sept. 19, 1991.
|Jonathon Taylor • WR • 6-2 • 200 • Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS • Head Coach Greg Carter
At Inkster: No. 36 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … No. 45 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … earned All-West honors from the Detroit Free Press … All-Metro West second-team selection by the Detroit News … helped lead team to a Division 2 state runner-up finish in 2009 … caught 73 passes, including 10 touchdowns … Inkster was the Division 3 state runner-up in 2008 … caught 70 passes, including 10 touchdowns, as a junior … averaged 10 points, five rebounds and three assists per game as a junior … maintains a 3.8 GPA while taking classes at Wayne County Community College … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Parents are Tony and Tia Taylor … born Oct. 23, 1991 … high school teammate of current Chippewa Armond Staten and fellow signee Deon Butler.
|Leterrius Walton • OL/DL • 6-6 • 285 • Clinton Township, Mich./Clintondale HS • Head Coach Dave Schindler
At Clintondale: Three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and baseball … two-year starter for the football team … earned all-county first-team honors in 2009 … credited with 21 tackles, recovered a fumble and blocked two kicks as a senior … also caught a pair of touchdown passes … named to Macomb County all-star first team as an infielder by Macomb Daily as a sophomore in 2008 … batted .441 with seven home runs and 14 doubles in 2008 … named Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division Most Valuable Player in 2009 … led team to a Bronze Division championship and district finals appearance in 2009 … hit .423 with seven doubles, a triple and seven home runs … lettered twice in both football and basketball and four times in baseball.
Personal: Parents are Terry and Sandra Walton … born March 31, 1992.
|Joe Wirth • DE • 6-4 • 227 • Shelby Township, Mich./Utica Eisenhower HS • Head Coach Bob Lantzy
At Eisenhower: Three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and runs track … three-year starter on the football team … No. 29 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … No. 38 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … named to Detroit Free Press Dream Team … also earned All-East honors from the Free Press and All-Metro East accolades from the Detroit News … transitioned from wide receiver to offensive guard as a senior … caught one touchdown pass as a senior … tallied 65 tackles, including five sacks … forced five fumbles and recovered three fumbles … co-captain … earned three varsity letters in basketball and will earn four varsity letters in track.
Personal: Mother is Joyce Wirth-Ericson and step-father is Eric Ericson … born Jan. 6, 1992.