Benke Reaffirms His Commitment to CMU

Adam Benke initially made a verbal commitment to the Central Michigan football program back in May. Much has transpired since then, including the resignation of former CMU Head Coach Mike DeBord in December, and the recent hiring of Brian Kelly as the new Chippewa head football coach. In the meantime, Benke scheduled official visits to some other MAC schools, including one to rival Western Michigan this weekend.

"I was planning on going to Western Michigan this weekend, then I decided that Western wasn't the place for me," Adam Benke said. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm still going to Central Michigan, I feel more comfortable there."

Benke said once Mike DeBord announced his resignation Dec. 17th, other schools began calling almost immediately. He said that he's received offers from WMU and Toledo, and now interest from Akron with an invitation for an official visit.

"I'm going to visit Akron in a couple weeks (Jan. 23rd)," Benke said. "They haven't offered me yet, but Coach (Harold) Goodwin is the new offensive line coach down there so I'm going to visit."

Goodwin had been the offensive line coach at CMU under DeBord, but was not retained by new CMU Head Coach Brian Kelly, a coach Benke said he is familiar with.

"I feel real good about Brian Kelly taking over the CMU football program," Benke said. "My high school coach's (Stevensville Lakeshore Coach Denny Dock's) son (Jeff Dock) played for Coach Kelly at Grand Valley and he (Jeff) said Kelly is a hard-nosed coach who knows how to win."

Benke also cited a familiarity with Kelly's offense as a definite plus.

"I'm very familiar with the offense Coach Kelly runs because we ran much of the same offense at Lakeshore (High School)."

Benke plans to make his official visit to CMU this weekend (Jan. 16th). In three weeks (Feb. 4th) Benke will be able to sign his National Letter-of-Intent, completing a process that began for him back in May when he initially made a verbal commitment to play football for the Chippewas.

"Yes, I still plan on attending Central," Benke added.

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