CMU to Host Key Recruits this Weekend

This is a very important weekend for the Central Michigan University football program. The Chippewas are scheduled to host a number of key recruits on campus beginning Friday. Among the visitors this weekend will be offensive lineman Andrew Hartline, who recently was selected to the Detroit News All-State Dream Team. Hartline made a verbal commitment to CMU in June, others could soon follow. <br><br>

Central Michigan will reportedly host 10 football recruits this weekend. Among them are five who've already verbally committed to the Chippewas.

The five are the aforementioned OL Andrew Hartline, OL Andrew Cribbs, DL Steve Friend, FB Evan Brownie and QB Brian Brunner.

Among the others making official visits are RB Jalen Parmele, DE Jamaal Westerman, CB Marcus Thigpen, OL Mark Barbaglia and Junior College DL Temirez Williams of Ranger (Texas) College.

The Chippewas are currently in a battle with Toledo for Parmele, who also has an offer from Western Michigan. Parmele's older brother Chris was a fullback on CMU's 1994 MAC Championship team and an Academic All-MAC selection in '96.

Westerman already visited Boise State and has scheduled an official visit to Rutgers for next weekend. All three schools have reportedly offered Westerman a scholarship. His 4.6 speed makes him an outstanding defensive end prospect.

Thigpen is one of the top backs in Michigan this year. He led the Detroit Public School League in rushing this season with 1,785 yards and has been clocked at 10.6 in the 100 meters. He's being recruited to play cornerback at CMU.

The Chippewas are looking to beef up the defensive line. Friend is an excellent start, but Williams (6-4, 270) is also highly rated among JUCO defensive linemen and he could add immediate help next season if he comes to CMU. Williams is a native of Albany, Ga.

Barbaglia is yet another fine player the Chippewas have discovered in New Jersey. He would be the fourth offensive lineman in this class if he verbally commits, joining Hartline, Cribbs and Adam Benke.

Central Michigan currently has seven players committed for the 2004 class. Another scholarship will reportedly be given to walk-on punter Tony Mikulec, who will replace the graduating Brian Brandt next season.

This leaves CMU with 12 scholarships to give and if all goes well this weekend, that number could be reduced to seven in the near future.

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